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Driver charged after running down woman on Albany street

Driver charged after running down woman on Albany street

A 72-year-old woman was killed early Saturday after she was struck by a car while crossing Second Av

A 72-year-old woman was killed early Saturday after she was struck by a car while crossing Second Avenue.

Albany police spokesman Det. James Miller said Paul Fontane, 53, was driving a 2000 Hyundai east on Second Avenue at 3 a.m. when he struck the woman, who was crossing the street in front of 316 Second Ave. The woman was thrown onto the hood of the car, struck the windshield and then thrown onto the pavement an estimated 30 to 40 feet from where she was initially hit, Miller said.

Fontane, of 1 Ave. B, was arrested a short distance from the scene and charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and two counts of driving while intoxicated, Miller said. Fontane was arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court this morning.

The woman -- who Miller did not identify -- was treated at the scene by Albany Fire Department paramedics, who arrived shortly after Fontane called 911, Miller said. The woman was taken to Albany Medical Center, where she later died of severe head and chest trauma, Miller said.

Fontane sustained no injuries, Miller said.

Traffic safety officers are trying to determine how fast Fontane was driving when he hit the woman by reconstructing the accident, Miller said. It is unknown what his blood-alcohol content was at the time he struck the woman, but Miller said police did administer a breathalyzer.

Police say they don’t know what the woman was doing out at 3 a.m., but hope to determine that during their ongoing investigation.

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