State trooper dies af­ter be­ing struck by car

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

A veteran state trooper died Wed­nes­day af­ter be­ing struck by a ve­hi­cle while in­ves­ti­gat­ing a trac­tor­trailer parked in a me­dian in front of his Saratoga County bar­racks, ac­cord­ing to state po­lice.

Trooper Ti­mothy Pratt, 55, had stopped his pa­trol ve­hi­cle about 6:15 a.m. while on duty near the sta­tion where he worked in Wilton, 35 miles north of Al­bany, Maj. Wil­liam Keeler said.

Pratt, who had just started his shift, walked over to talk to the truck driver and was hit by a pass­ing car on Bal­lard Road af­ter he stepped away from the truck in the predawn dark­ness, Keeler said.

The speed limit where Pratt was struck is 55 mph.

The 29-year state po­lice veteran, a father of three, ini­tially was taken to nearby Saratoga Hospi­tal, then air­lifted to Al­bany Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where he died about three hours af­ter the crash.

The driver of the car that hit Pratt wasn’t ex­pected to be charged, po­lice said. They said he was un­hurt but shaken by the ac­ci­dent. His name was not pro­vided.

“There doesn’t ap­pear to be any crim­i­nal­ity in­volved,” Keeler said. “This was a tragic ac­ci­dent.”

Keeler, who was in the same grad­u­at­ing class as Pratt at the State Po­lice Academy, called his col­league “ter­rific” and “an all-around nice guy.”

John Lant, a Wilton town coun­cil­man and a former fire chief in the Saratoga County town of Green­field, said Pratt “was a great guy, a great hu­man be­ing.”

“I was happy to have a trooper like him pro­tect­ing the town of Wilton. He was al­ways there to help us,” Lant said.

In Septem­ber, Pratt led the state’s an­nual Sept. 11 me­mo­rial motorcycle ride to the World Trade Cen­ter site, an event in which Gov. An­drew Cuomo par­tic­i­pated.

“Trooper Pratt was a lov­ing father, friend and neigh­bor who worked each and ev­ery day to make his com­mu­nity and all of New York a bet­ter place,” said Cuomo, who or­dered all flags on state-owned prop­er­ties to be flown at half­staff.

Pratt joined the state po­lice on March 30, 1987, and spent his en­tire state po­lice ca­reer with Latham-based Troop G.

Pratt lived in South Glens Falls and was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He is sur­vived by his fi­ancée, Su­san Clark, and three grown chil­dren, James, 31, Sarah, 29, and Shane, 27

Pratt’s late father, Ed­ward, re­tired as a state po­lice sergeant in 1970.


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