Man arrested in fatal Schenectady hit-and-run had suspended license, police say; Victim struck, dragged

The scene Tuesday, including flowers left.

The scene Tuesday, including flowers left.

SCHENECTADY – A city man has been charged in Tuesday morning’s hit-and-run fatality, records show.

The victim was struck and dragged, authorities said. She was also struck by a second vehicle, police said.

The victim was identified as Carolyn Lord, 61, of Schenectady.

Police said Roddy T. Delagrandeanse, 23, of Broadway, whose driver’s license had been suspended, was charged with one count of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting resulting in death, a felony. He was charged Wednesday.

He is accused of driving a gray 2003 Chevrolet Malibu in the area of 388 Broadway, near the intersection with Millard Street, at around 1:41 a.m. and striking Lord as she crossed the street, resulting in her death, authorities said.

Delagrandeanse “knew or had reason to know” that someone had been injured by a motor vehicle he operated, then failed to stop or notify police, according to the police allegations.

After striking Lord, Delagrandeanse drove away without trying to give aid or contact police, police said.

A short time later, police said, a second vehicle struck Lord as she lay in the roadway. That driver has not been charged in the case.

Police received a call about the initial impact shortly after it occurred. Police responded and found evidence of an auto-pedestrian crash. They then found her body some distance away after investigating the original scene.

Police were also called some time later to another scene related to the incident, around the intersection of Broadway and Guilderland Avenue, police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey McCutcheon said. McCutcheon did not elaborate on what was found there, about a mile from the initial scene.

Several street cameras assisted in the investigation, police said.

Lord lived in the downtown area and had been known in that area of the city, McCutcheon said.

McCutcheon called it a “terrible situation. It was a horrific incident for both police and the public to deal with.”

Police zeroed in on Delagrandeanse and contacted him, McCutcheon said. Delagrandeanse then turned himself in with his attorney.

The investigation was continuing Thursday. Anyone with information was asked to contact police at 518-788-6566.

An attorney for Delagrandeanse could not be reached for comment.

In addition to the leaving-the-scene charge, police booked Delagrandeanse on outstanding warrants related to speed and suspended license violations, along with a third-degree bail jumping charge.

In prior cases, Delagrandeanse was charged in April 2019 with aggravated unlicensed operation. At that time he had 10 suspensions on six dates, court records indicate.

Then on Sept. 28, 2020, he was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation on Brandywine Avenue at Bradley Street, according to the paperwork filed in that case. At that stage he had 11 suspensions on seven dates.

In that case, police stopped him after clocking him going 42 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to the allegations then.

A state DMV spokesman confirmed Delagrandeanse’s license remained suspended at the time of this week’s crash.

The bail jumping charge related to allegations that he failed to show up for court the month after his April 2019 aggravated unlicensed operation count.

Delagrandeanse was arraigned and ordered held on $20,000 bail. He remained held Thursday morning.

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