The truck driver who struck and killed a Schenectady man over the weekend, then was assaulted as he stopped to help, won’t face charges in the death, police said Monday.
Police said the driver spotted the man in the road and slowed his truck but was unable to avoid hitting him. However, police said they would charge the man who beat up the driver if they could find him, and they were trying to do so Monday.
The incident happened early Saturday morning on Central Avenue, near Lombard Street, police said.
William A. Jennings, 28, of Schenectady, was struck by the U.S. Postal Service tractor-trailer around 3:30 a.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene.
When the driver got out of his truck to check on Jennings, he was attacked by a single person, police said. The assailant fled afterward, and police continued looking for him Monday.
The driver, a 48-year-old man whom police have not identified, was taken to Albany Medical Center with facial injuries and possible broken bones. His injuries also required some stitches.
Police interviewed the driver Monday, Colonie Police Lt. Ken Pero said. He declined to release the man’s name, citing his status as a victim in the assault.
Police are continuing to investigate the accident and why Jennings was in the street, Pero said. “We’re learning now that there may have been some altercation, either inside or outside of Shenanigans,” he said, referring to the strip club at the corner of Central Avenue and Lombard Street.
Members of the Colonie police Traffic Safety Unit are investigating the accident, and are asking anyone with information or who might have been a witness to call the department at 783-2744.