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Goshen woman caused fatal July 1 head-on crash, according to DA, Niskayuna police

In this August 2019 photo, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney addresses the media.
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In this August 2019 photo, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney addresses the media.

NISKAYUNA – An allegedly intoxicated Goshen woman caused a fatal, head-on crash that occurred July 1, authorities said Thursday.

Dennis Farrell, 77, of Colonie, died in the crash that occurred at Route 7 and Lisha Kill Road, while his wife was injured, according to a statement by Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney and Niskayuna acting Police Chief Michael Stevens.

Gina Hassan was charged Wednesday by Niskayuna police with manslaughter in the second degree, assault in the second  degree, driving while intoxicated and other traffic infractions.

Hassan was headed east on Route 7 at about 3:15 p.m. that day, investigators said.

Her Jeep struck the Farrells’ vehicle head-on as they were about to turn left on Lisha Kill Road.

The collision produced a chain reaction that damaged two other vehicles.

Authorities are seeking to secure surveillance footage, or for witnesses to come forward.

Investigators said they believe Hassan departed Hillcrest Village Apartments on Rosa Road around 2:50 p.m., and drove on River Road to the intersection with Balltown Road. She then turned right and headed southerly on Balltown Road to  Route 7.

The suspect driver turned right on Route 7 into Schenectady but then reversed course shortly after, traveling eastbound on Route 7 to Lisha Kill Road where the collision occurred, according to the joint statement.

“We are asking members of the public who witnessed any erratic driving at that time and in those places or who may own camera systems, either private residential or commercial, along those corridors to check any archived video images to see what they may have recorded that sheds light on this matter,” the joint statement said.

The public is asked to contact either Detective Sgt. Joseph Twitty of the Niskayuna Police Department at (518) 386-4584, or Investigator John Madden of the district attorney’s office at  (518) 388-4364.

Niskayuna Town Judge Peter Scagnelli remanded Hassan to the Schenectady County Correctional Facility.

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