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Arrest in fatal Colonie hit-and-run of National Guardsman

Arrest in fatal Colonie hit-and-run of National Guardsman

Vehicle located via surveillance camera video
Arrest in fatal Colonie hit-and-run of National Guardsman
Site of the fatal hit-and-run, beneath the Interstate 87 overpass on Watervliet-Shaker Road.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

COLONIE — Police have made an arrest in the hit-and-run motor vehicle crash that took the life of National Guardsman Rudolph E. Seabron, 57, on the morning of Jan. 8.

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Brian Tromans, 33, of Albany, was charged Wednesday with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident without reporting it, a felony, town police said. 

Police Lt. Ken Pero said Tromans was identified as the owner and driver of a 2016 Mazda CX-5, which police found last week with significant front-end damage on private property in the Rensselaer County hamlet of Melrose. The vehicle was located, in part, through surveillance camera video in the area of the crash. 

The video showed Tromans exiting Philly Bar and Grill on Watervliet Shaker Road and getting into an SUV the morning of the crash. He then drove toward where the accident would later take place, beneath the Interstate 87 overpass on Watervliet Shaker Road, Pero said.

“He was in the same establishment that Master Sgt. Seabron was in,” Pero said. “So when we were looking at that video, we saw the suspect and saw that he was driving an SUV. It was one of the only vehicles that left the parking lot that matched our description.”

Police said Seabron left Philly Bar and Grill about 3:15 a.m. 

A driver reported about 4:40 a.m. that he thought he had hit a pedestrian lying in the street on Watervliet Shaker Road. After interviewing that driver and recovering automobile parts at the scene, however, police determined Seabron had been hit by another car before then. 

Police do not know if Tromans was intoxicated at the time of the accident, but they continue to investigate, Pero said.

Tromans was being being processed Wednesday night and was expected to be arraigned in Colonie town court at about 6:30 p.m.

Seabron, who was from Rome, served three tours of duty with the National Guard and served in the Marine Corps before that. He was the father of three children.

"I’m glad that we were able to give the family some closure," Pero said. "It doesn’t do much, because they still lost their brother and their father, but at least we were able to track down the driver."

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