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Police probe Gloversville crash that killed child

Police probe Gloversville crash that killed child

Gloversville police reported Jonathan Blaney, 9, was the child on a bicycle killed in a collision wi

Gloversville police reported Jonathan Blaney, 9, was the child on a bicycle killed in a collision with a pickup truck Monday, but details of the incident are still developing.

The child, of Gloversville, was riding his bike at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the area of East Pine Street and Bloomingdale Avenue when he and a Dodge pickup truck operated by 49-year-old Brian Wilson collided.

Blaney was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital but died from his injuries on the way, according to Capt. John Sira of the Gloversville Police Department.

So far there are no charges.

Sira said the department is recreating the scene using witness statements and the final position of both bike and truck. “We’ll be going over it with a microscope,” he said. “We’ve established the actions of the driver. We need to flesh out our understanding of the event to establish the child’s actions.”

One thing is definite: Wilson was not speeding. “He was starting from a stopped position at the corner of Bloomingdale and East Pine,” Sira said.

Wilson was turning left from the stop sign when the accident occurred. Sira said for investigators to determine who was responsible, they have to figure out exactly what Blaney was doing. A large part of that determination will come down to where the bike and truck collided, he said.

Sira could not release that information Tuesday, saying it is a key part of the investigation. He estimated that police will make an official determination of fault in the next two days.

Blaney and Wilson both were residents of the same neighborhood where the accident took place. Police would not release information about Blaney’s parents.

Blaney was a third-grader at Boulevard Elementary School in the Gloversville Enlarged School District. The district’s website indicated Tuesday that the school’s crisis team of administrators, psychologists, counselors and teachers is available to help students who may need support.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and all those who knew, loved and/or taught this very special young man,” Superintendent Michael Vanyo said in a news release.

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