State Police have concluded a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy was not at fault for an accident Aug. 4 in which an elderly Greenwich man died after being hit by a patrol car near his home.
Troopers determined James O’Malley, 83, stepped onto the road and into the path of the car driven by Deputy Donald T. Riche on Route 29, which is also Main Street, in the village of Greenwich.
Police said neither the officer nor O’Malley was impaired by alcohol or drugs at the time of the 10:46 p.m. accident.
Troopers said Riche was travelling at about 38 miles per hour when O’Malley was hit.
“The primary cause of the collision was failure to yield when crossing a roadway at any point other than a crosswalk on the part of the pedestrian,” according to the police report.
O’Malley was believed to be crossing the street on his way to a Stewart’s Shop when he was hit.
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