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Central Avenue closed Sunday for Colonie crash investigation

Central Avenue closed Sunday for Colonie crash investigation

Man killed in crash where speed and alcohol were factors
Central Avenue closed Sunday for Colonie crash investigation
This crash on Christmas Day killed a Schenectady man and injured three others.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

COLONIE & NISKAYUNA -- Parts of Central Avenue in both directions will be closed for several hours on Sunday as police continue to investigate a Christmas morning crash that killed a Schenectady man.

Colonie police, working with Niskayuna police, state police and the Albany County District Attorney's Office, will be using advanced state police technology to reconstruct the path of the 2001 Audi involved in the one-vehicle crash that killed Lahrak Premnauth, 24, of Schenectady, said Colonie police Lt. Robert Donnelly.

The reconstruction system uses multiple laser readings to reconstruct the accident, but there can't be other vehicles moving in the area at the same time. Police personnel will also be using the entire road while they work, Donnelly said.

State Street in Niskayuna will be closed from roughly 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., with traffic diverted onto Albany Street. Businesses on Street Street that would normally be open will still be open, but will have to be accessed from Albany Street. Metro Ford will have to be approached from Balltown Road.

In a second phase of closure, Central Avenue will be closed between Lisha Kill Road and Lansing Road South, from roughly 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Westbound traffic will be diverted to Albany Street or toward Consaul Road at Lisha Kill Road. Eastbound traffic will be sent to Albany Street.

Colonie police have said both alcohol and a high rate of speed were factors in the crash that resulted in the death of Premnauth.

Premnauth was a passenger in the car driven by Veeshram Ramdeo, 17, of Schenectady, when the vehicle struck a utility pole at a high rate of speed just before 7 a.m. on Dec. 25. Ramdeo suffered serious injuries, and passengers Kenny Jamuant, 17, and Sunita Hansraj, 21, also of Schenectady, were also injured.

Both the car and utility pole were split in half from the crash, and Premnauth was killed after he was ejected from the vehicle.

The investigation remains active, but no charges have been filed, in part because Ramdeo is still recovering from his injuries, Donnelly said.


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