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Moreau man pleads guilty in fatal hit and run

Moreau man pleads guilty in fatal hit and run

A Moreau man pleaded guilty this afternoon to a felony charge in a hit and run accident that killed

A Moreau man pleaded guilty this afternoon to a felony charge in a hit and run accident that killed a woman on Route 9.

Paul P. Kollias, 49, of 12 Old Bend Road, Moreau, was indicted in November by a Saratoga County grand jury on charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and tampering with physical evidence.

Kollias pleaded guilty to the first charge in Saratoga County Court before Judge Jerry Scarano, who said he will likely sentence Kollias to 2 to 6 years in prison in April. Kollias remains free on $20,000 bond.

Kollias admitted he was driving a 1997 Honda that hit Karen Eldred, 50, of Moreau on June 17. She died June 28 at Albany Medical Center of her injuries, which included two broken legs and a broken pelvis.

Eldred's sister-in-law, Cathy Sweet of Hudson Falls, said she was sorry Kollias wasn't sentenced to begin his prison time immediately.

"Karen didn't have time to put her affairs in order. Why should he be allowed to?" Sweet said after Kollias made his plea.

After Eldred was hit, District Attorney James Murphy III said Kollias called a car body repair shop in Montgomery County and requested his car be picked up for repair at night.

"The body shop owner thought it was odd that [Kollias] wanted his car picked up by a flatbed truck after dark," Murphy said. "He alerted state police, which eventually led to Mr. Kollias' arrest."

Murphy said the inside of the car had been vacuumed and cleaned in an apparent attempt to hide evidence.

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