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Patrol unit involved in fatal pedestrian accident

COBLESKILL, N.Y. (NEWS10) - A pedestrian died after being hit by a Cobleskill PD patrol unit attempting to stop a reckless driver.

At around 10 p.m. Friday night, two marked patrol units traveling eastbound on East Main Street observed a speeding vehicle traveling westbound.  Both units turned around to initiate a traffic stop.

The vehicle then ran a red light at the intersection of East Main Street and Legion Drive and continued westbound on East Main.

As the patrol units attempted to intercept the vehicle, a pedestrian, identified as Gerard Roldan III, 26, entered the roadway in the area of 682 East Main Street.

The lead unit was unable to avoid Roldan III, who collided with the front of the car.

Both units stopped to attend to Roldan III, who was injured and unresponsive.

EMS and additional police units were requested and CPR was initiated by the officers on scene.

Roldan III was transported to Cobleskill Regional Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

An autopsy will be conducted at Albany Medical Center.

At the time of the incident, the roads were wet/slick due to inclement weather.

The New York State Police BCI was requested to conduct an independent investigation into the incident.  The NYSP Collision Reconstruction Unit also responded as part of the investigation.

The involved officer voluntarily submitted to an alcohol pre-screen with negative results, and to a blood sample to be analyzed for the presence of any drugs.

The officer was not injured in the collision.

As this was a critical incident, the involved officer was placed on administrative leave and an internal review of the incident will also be conducted.

The accident investigation and reconstruction will be jointly conducted by NYSP and the Schoharie County DA's Office.


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