Saratoga County

2 killed when vehicles collide

A Saratoga Springs High School junior who was killed in an auto accident late Wednesday evening was

A Saratoga Springs High School junior who was killed in an auto accident late Wednesday evening was mourned Thursday by a steady stream of students and adults who visited counselors at the high school, district officials said.

Edward Loomis, 17, was a varsity football player and held a part-time job busing tables and working in the kitchen at the Spa City Diner.

State police said Thursday that the other driver, 44-year-old Michael Arpey of Porter Corners, who also died, probably had been drinking before the crash in which he crossed the center line into Loomis’ path. He also was speeding, police said.

Arpey died at Saratoga Hospital after the crash while Saratoga County Coroner John DeMartino pronounced Loomis dead at the scene.

Police said it will take several weeks for toxicology results to return.

Police said Arpey was driving north on Route 9N just south of Middle Grove Road before 10 p.m. Wednesday when his 2002 GMC pickup truck crossed the center line and struck Loomis’ southbound car, a 1990 Pontiac Sunbird.

Both Loomis and Arpey were thrown from their vehicles, police said.

A search of Arpey’s state Department of Motor Vehicles record indicated he held a valid driver’s license and had not been charged with driving while intoxicated.

There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Police said there was no indication that Loomis had been drinking. He was returning home from a friend’s house when the crash occurred.

On Thursday morning after hearing the news about Loomis, the high school’s crisis team prepared a statement about the accident for teachers to read to students in their first-period classes, said Superintendent Janice White.

“He was a young man that was a positive energy at the high school,” White said.

Varsity football coach Terry Jones said Loomis was a quiet teen with a ready smile.

“He was a kid of very few words but very well liked by his teammates,” Jones said.

Jones met with the team after school on Thursday. Loomis was an offensive lineman and a defensive lineman.

The students are still in shock, he said. “For many of them, it’s the first time they’re dealing with the tragic loss of someone they’re close to.”

Last year during the football season, Loomis, who went by the nickname “Eddie,” injured his thumb during practice and couldn’t play until it healed. But he still showed up for every practice, Jones recalled.

Principal Frank Crowley said Loomis was never a discipline problem. “I know that he was a good citizen. He followed our rules and regulations,” Crowley said.

Loomis started school in Saratoga Springs in September 2006 after his family moved from Spokane, Wash., Crowley said.

Loomis is the son of Diane and Robert Loomis.

Greenfield town Supervisor Dick Rowland said he hasn’t heard of a lot of accidents on Route 9N where the crash took place.

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