Saratoga County

Troopers: River death an apparent suicide

Witnesses say man appeared to deliberately drive into Mohawk River
State police divers search the Mohawk River in the town of Halfmoon after a car went into the river Thursday.
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State police divers search the Mohawk River in the town of Halfmoon after a car went into the river Thursday.

HALFMOON — The death of a Halfmoon man whose car went into the Mohawk River on Thursday afternoon appears to have been a suicide, state troopers said Friday.

The 60-year-old died after driving his BMW off the end of Terminal Road and into the river at about 2:15 p.m.

Terminal is a short road leading to a parking area and the river. It is just on the east side of the Route 9 bridge, on the Saratoga County side of the river. State police Troop G spokesman Trooper Mark Cepiel said the investigation won’t be closed until after an autopsy is completed, but the preliminary conclusion is “apparent suicide.”

“There were witnesses there, and the overwhelming conclusion is that his actions were deliberate,” Cepiel said.

The man had a history of mental illness and previous suicide attempts, Cepiel added.

Cepiel said police received numerous calls from witnesses, and a trooper was on the scene quickly enough to see bubbles rising from the vehicle. Divers from the state police and Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle after about an hour.

Cepiel noted that the river depth increases quickly from the Halfmoon shore, and the car was located a significant distance from shore.

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