Third victim dies in Amsterdam crash

Posted at: 03/10/2013 11:16 PM
Updated at: 03/12/2013 5:06 PM
By: WNYT Staff

AMSTERDAM - A third victim has died after a crash on Route 67 in Amsterdam Sunday night.

Nine-year-old Elijah Sleight died at Albany Medical Center on Monday.

His 2-year-old sister Naomi is has now been upgraded to 'serious condition' at Albany Med. 

Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato says 33-year-old Tanya Sleight was driving on Route 67 near Jones Road with passenger Shyara Concepcion, 39, when an oncoming van struck them Sunday evening.

Sleight and Concepcion died instantly.

Sleight's three children, 9-year-old Elijah, 7-year-old Matthew, and 2-year-old Naomi were in the back seat.

Amato identified 68-year-old David Bain of Amsterdam as the van driver.

"We were told he was delivering the van to a garage just off Route 67. Along the way, something happened and he was wandering all over the road and caused this accident," said Sheriff Amato.

He also said that shortly before the fatal crash someone called 911 to report the van driver had run a stoplight nearby.

Bain agreed to a blood test, but the results aren't expected for about two more weeks, according to the sheriff.

Bain's neighbor on Edward Street told NewsChannel 13 Bain called him Monday saying he was in pain. But the neighbor, who preferred not to be identified, said it wasn't clear if Bain had memories of the crash or knew about the deaths.

Another neighbor said she saw Bain looking fine hours before the accident.

"I was really shocked. David's just an extremely nice man. He's always willing to help everybody out and he's always very pleasant. I couldn't ask for a nicer neighbor," said Irene Bartlett.