TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department has charged Daniel Markopoulos, 63, of the Town of Amsterdam, with failure to yield the right of way at the intersection of Route 67 and County Highway 116 just prior to the fatal crash that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Haley Case on Sept. 17.
Markopoulos was driving a Montgomery County Department of Public Works dump truck when he “failed to yield the right of way at an intersection and did strike the vehicle being operated by Haley Case,” reads a Wednesday news release from Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino.
In September, Giardino described Markopoulos as having been driving eastbound through the intersection when he attempted to take a left-hand turn before colliding. Montgomery County officials have said Markopoulos “was on his way to pick up materials” to be used by the Montgomery County Department of Public Works before the crash happened.
“The impact caused the death of Haley Case,” Giardino wrote in the news release Wednesday. “After consultation with the Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown and a review of the summary accident reconstruction of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Reconstruction Unit and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Investigation, the Coroner’s investigation and the Toxicology report of Mr. Markopolos, it was determined that a ticket for failure to yield to another vehicle at an intersection should be issued to Mr. Markopolos. The ticket was issued today, returnable to Town Court in December.”
In New York state, failure to yield the right-of-way violations, if convicted, can result in 3 points on a person’s driver’s license, an $85 surcharge and fines can range from $150 for a first-time violation to up to $750 for a third offense within 18 months.
Giradino in a text message on Wednesday said the investigation into the crash is now complete.
The Leader-Herald/Daily Gazette has requested to inspect the accident report and other public documents related to the crash. Giardino on Wednesday said he would release the accident report on Thursday without requiring a Freedom of Information Law Request. The accident report should include information such as approximately when investigators believe the crash happened.
Giardino in September said a call reporting the crash was logged in at the Fulton County 911 dispatcher at 6:58 a.m. and a Lake Valley EMS vehicle — formerly known as the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps. — arrived “within 5 minutes.” Giardino in September said after the crash occurred that Markopoulos contacted his Montgomery County DPW dispatcher to report the crash. Giardino said the Montgomery County DPW dispatcher then, “called back to determine location. By then 911 had been called.”
Giardino said Case was transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital “after 7:30 a.m.,” where she was ultimately pronounced dead.
The Leader-Herald/Daily Gazette will file a Freedom of Information Law Request for the other documents related to the crash.
In the news release on Wednesday, Giardino stated law enforcement officials have determined Case, a 2021 graduate of Johnstown High School and a resident of New Turnpike Road, was “not texting or talking on her phone prior to or at the time of the accident.”
“Mr. Markopolos was neither texting nor speaking on his phone at the time,” Giardino wrote. “His system was negative for alcohol or other drugs.”