COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Colonie Police Department has identified the woman who was killed in a crash on Monday after they had released photos of her tattoos. The woman has been identified as Stacy Benoit, 40, of Albany.
Police were called to Central Avenue around 8:35 p.m. for the report of a pedestrian hit by a car. Colonie Police Lt. Robert Donnelly said witnesses reported seeing a woman walking in the turn lane of the roadway before she was hit. He says one driver swerved to avoid her.
“And the driver behind him unfortunately struck her and she succumbed to her injuries on the scene,” said Donnelly. He said the driver called 911 and stayed on the scene. Investigators found that the driver was not impaired and is cooperating with police.
Donnelly says the woman’s identity had been a mystery. “She had no personal papers or ID on her. No phone. Nothing like that.” But he says they then received a call Tuesday afternoon from a man who thought the woman might be 40 year old Stacy Benoit of Albany. Through the help of the Capital Region Crime Analysis Center they were able to make a temporary match using a photo and then fully confirmed Benoit’s identity with the help of fingerprints. Donnelly says they aren’t sure exactly why she was in the area where the crash happened and the investigation continues, but he wishes to thank members of the public who called and for their tips and messages.
Margarita City, a bar and eatery is located just steps away from where the accident happened. General Manager Damian Company told Anya that his employees witnessed the moments after the crash, capturing photos and video of the police and EMT response on scene. “It is sad when somebody is losing someone and to also see those kind of things is traumatizing for people,” Company said.
If you have any additional information about the crash, you can call Colonie police at (518) 783-2744.