Glenville Police investigate fatal accident

Posted at: 08/02/2013 8:46 PM
Updated at: 08/04/2013 11:16 AM
By: Dan Bazile

All that's left of the Subaru is a mess of mangled metal and broken glass after a collision on Rte. 5 in Glenville. Police say the driver, 21-year-old Luke Mitchell, did not survive.

It was here, where Rte. 5 intersects with Rte. 103, that police say Mitchell ran a red light while coming out of Stewart's and drove into the path of a Ford truck around 5:00pm Friday afternoon.

“We've reviewed security footage from the Stewart's cameras that monitor the gas pumps and can clearly see that the Subaru was stopped at the red light and then disregarded it and pulled directly into the path of the oncoming truck,” says Glenville Police Lt. Janik.

Mitchell was taken to Ellis Hospital where he was pronounced dead. We're told the driver of the other car, 25-year-old Sam Orologio of Rotterdam Junction, suffered a minor elbow injury and refused medical attention.

Police say what makes the accident even worse is that the two men knew each other well.

“The operator of the truck when I spoke to him at the scene was devastated, could not believe that this was his friend that he had just hit,” says Lt. Janik.

About twenty minute before the crash, police say the two men were together, speaking to each other at Orologio's job. Police tell us Orologio will not face any charges related to the accident, but he was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license.

Meanwhile police are waiting for the results of an autopsy and a toxicology test to figure out exactly what caused the crash.