Schenectady County

Glenville police follow trail to hit, run suspect

It didn’t take Glenville police long to find an alleged hit-and-run driver Thursday afternoon.


It didn’t take Glenville police long to find an alleged hit-and-run driver Thursday afternoon.

They just followed the trail of antifreeze.

Police and fire officials were called to Route 50 in Glenville, across from the Highland Square Apartments, at about 12:30 p.m. for a reported vehicle crash into a utility pole.

The driver, however, kept on going, getting back onto the road and continuing south, according to authorities.

The downed pole forced the closure of Route 50 for about an hour while a National Grid crew secured the pole.

It took police less time to find the driver.

“It wasn’t hard to track her down, once we followed the path of antifreeze,” Glenville Police Department spokesman Lt. Stephen Janik said.

The path began to fade, but they picked it up again at Thomas Corners. The path led them right onto Ellsworth Avenue to the dead end on Birchknoll Drive. Janik was one of those following the trail.

The driver was identified by police as Judy Kenyon, 58, of Jersey Hill Road, Galway. She was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident and talking on a cellphone while driving.

Janik said she said she hit the pole while talking on her cellphone, then fled because she was scared.

Route 50 from Thomas Corners to Van Buren Road was shut down. A crew from National Grid inspected the pole and lines it was lying on and secured them so traffic could pass safely. The road was reopened about 1:30 p.m.

Among those who heard the crash was Dave Rockefeller, who owns DR and Son Lawn Care of Glenville. Rockefeller’s crew was working at the apartments across the road when they heard the impact.

“We thought at first the pole just snapped, then we started looking over and you could see somebody just hit it,” Rockefeller said.

“A little excitement for Glenville this afternoon,” he quipped.

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