Colonie Police asking for public’s assistance in solving mystery of injured bicyclist case

Albany County

COLONIE N.Y. (NEWS10) — Colonie Police say a bicyclist remains in critical condition after an accident on the roadway. The accident took place in front of JJ Rafferty’s on Loudon Road Wednesday around 10:30 p.m.

Robert Dickie of Clifton Park spoke with News10’s Anya Tucker about the cyclist who is his sister-in-law, Debbie Carpenter.

“I mean she’s in a coma on a ventilator. Can’t get much worse than that,” he said.

Debbie remains in a coma after an incident on her bike late Wednesday, Sept 1st.

Robert says Debbie had wrapped up a last minute shift at Wendy’s on Louden Road, a stretch of Route 9 that runs through Latham.

As she was typically known to do, Debbie was riding her bike back home northbound on Route 9 to the Sycamore Motel where she has been living with her husband.

It was dark and raining heavily. The weather, remnants of Hurricane Ida.

Around 10:37pm Colonie Police say they got a call from a couple who spotted Debbie lying in the roadway near JJ Rafferty’s.

“We are not one hundred percent sure of what happened, ” said Lt. Robert Donnelly who heads up the Colonie Police Traffic Division.

Anya: “Right now it’s unknown if this bicycle was hit before or after (Debbie was injured)?”

Donnelly: “It is. We are not one hundred percent sure. It certainly looks like there was an impact with a vehicle. But we can’t say that for one hundred percent certainly because we don’t have any witnesses. And unfortunately the bicyclist is not able to speak with us due to her injuries.”

Donnelly says says that had Debbie’s bike had been stuck by a vehicle, the driver would have likey known that they had hit someone.

He said Debbie was wearing a reflective safety vest, but her bike didn’t have any lights and she was not wearing a helmet.

The police and Debbie’s brother in law are now just asking for the public’s help to solve this mystery.

“I’m praying 24-7 for her. So is my whole family. Please, if you know anything about this incident do the right thing and make a phone call,” said her brother-in-law.

If you or someone you know has any information about what happened, call the Colonie Police Traffic Unit at (518) 783-2620.

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