COBLESKILL – A village man intentionally drove his car into another man and killed him as the victim sat outside his motel room after an argument Tuesday, police said.
After striking the man the car continued through the outer wall of the motel and into the victim’s room, police said.
Two dogs also died in the crash and 11 people were displaced.
Police identified the driver as Raymond C. George, Jr., 53, a resident of the motel. He fled the scene, but was arrested a short time later and charged with first-degree manslaughter, police said.
They identified the man killed as James E. Williams, Jr., 50, also a resident of the motel. He died at the scene.
The attack happened just after noon Tuesday at the Colonial Motel at 1009 E. Main St.
Police responded to a report of a vehicle that had been driven into a building.
They arrived and determined Williams had been sitting on a bench outside his room when he was struck. Williams was trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.
Williams had been sitting with his two dogs at the time of the crash. One dog died at the scene and the other was taken to a veterinarian but had to be euthanized, police said.
George left the scene prior to officers arriving, but police located him less than a mile away.
Police said George intentionally drove into Williams after an argument between the two.
George is a Level 3 sex offender and on parole, they said.
The crash left the motel structurally compromised and unsafe to occupy, displacing the 11 residents. The Red Cross is assisting with temporary housing and other needs.
George was arraigned and ordered held without bail.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending, police said.
The Cobleskill Police Department was assisted by the state police, Schoharie County Sheriff’s Department, the Schoharie County District Attorney’s Office and state corrections officials.
Other agencies also assisted.