BETHLEHEM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A New Jersey man has been arrested in connection to the death of an Albany man on the New York State Thruway in May. Ardit Lleshi, 25, of Garfield was arrested in New Jersey following a joint investigation with the New York State Intelligence Center and the New York State Thruway Authority.

Around 11:30 p.m., on Sunday, May 29, Lleshi was driving a 2013 Mercedes ML 350 when he allegedly hit and killed Michael Tran, 48, who was found near Exit 23. Police said Tran was driving north in the southbound lanes when his car struck a tractor-trailer. Police believe Tran was hit while walking on the Thruway sometime after leaving the initial crash scene.


  • Leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle collision (felony).

Lleshi was arraigned in the Town of Bethlehem Court. He was released and due to appear back in court on August 4.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Investigator Michael Altieri at