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Youngest victim of collision improving; 3 others were killed

Youngest victim of collision improving; 3 others were killed

Naomi Sleight, the 2-year-old girl who lost her mother and oldest brother to a head-on collision Sun
Youngest victim of collision improving; 3 others were killed
A memorial is seen on the north side of Route 67 looking west near Bill’s Auto Parts where three people were killed in a two-car, head-on accident on Sunday.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

Naomi Sleight, the 2-year-old girl who lost her mother and oldest brother to a head-on collision Sunday night in Amsterdam, was upgraded from critical to serious condition by Albany Medical Center officials Tuesday.

Tanya Sleight, 33, and her friend Chyara Concepcion, 39 were driving west along Route 67 Sunday evening with Sleight’s three children, Naomi, Matthew, 7, and Elijah, 9, in the back seat.

At approximately 6 p.m., a van driven by 68-year-old David Bain crossed the double yellow line, colliding head-on with Sleight’s vehicle.

Sleight and Concepcion were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, just west of Bill’s Auto Parts on Route 67.

Matthew was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with minor injuries, as was Bain. Elijah and Naomi were airlifted to Albany Medical Center in critical condition. Elijah died there from his injuries Monday.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department did not return calls for comment on any possible criminal charges in the case. A sample of Bain’s blood was sent to the state police lab for evaluation. According to Public Information Officer Mark Cepiel, the test will take weeks to complete.

The crash is still under investigation.

Sleight and her children were from Amsterdam, as is Bain, according to officials; Concepcion’s home was not available from officials.

Officials at the Greater Amsterdam School district acknowledged Elijah Sleight as a student of Marie Curie Institute late Monday night.

“We are saddened to learn of the death of a Marie Curie Institute student and his mother,” District Superintendent Thomas Perillo said in a statement, “Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and friends of the family involved in this unthinkable tragedy.”

Grief counseling was available Tuesday afternoon, when Marie Curie hosted a parent-student counseling session.

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