State trooper dies after being struck by car
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.