The damaged windshield of an SUV as seen Wednesday afternoon after the driver reportedly hit an Amsterdam woman crossing the intersection of Route 30 southbound and Guy Park Avenue. Photo John Purcell/Recorder staff
By JOHN PURCELL
Recorder News Staff
Toni M. Cornell, a 37-year-old city resident, died from injuries sustained after she allegedly walked into oncoming traffic at a busy intersection in downtown Amsterdam and was struck by a motorist, according to police.
Amsterdam Police Chief Gregory Culick confirmed Thursday afternoon that Cornell, a Union Street resident, was pronounced deceased at 9:58 p.m. Wednesday at Albany Medical Center. Culick said an autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Cornell, who reportedly suffered “multiple trauma” during the incident.
Witnesses reportedly told police Cornell was walking along Guy Park Avenue when she apparently attempted to cross the intersection with Route 30 southbound and was nearly struck by a tractor trailer. Cornell then reportedly continued to walk into traffic and was then hit by an 80-year-old Town of Amsterdam man driving a Ford Escape.
Cornell’s boyfriend reportedly told police she was around 60 to 80 feet in front of him when he heard a “loud impact.” He then ran to Cornell, who was on the ground bleeding, according to police. He reportedly said she attempted to say something to him following the incident, but her injuries apparently prevented her from communicating to him.
The windshield of the Amsterdam’s man vehicle was damaged on the passenger’s side where he had apparently struck Cornell. There was some blood visible on the roadway after she was removed the scene.
A witness at the scene had told The Recorder they observed a woman laying on her back in the roadway with her arms out to her side, along with what appeared to be blood covering her arms and shirt.
First responders initially planned to airlift Cornell, but her condition prevented it, according to authorities.
The Amsterdam Fire Department transported Cornell to St. Mary’s Hospital. She was transported to the surgical unit at Albany Medical Center after she was stabilized at St. Mary’s Hospital, according to police reports.
GAVAC transported the Amsterdam driver for a precautionary medical evaluation at St. Mary’s Hospital. His SUV was towed from the scene.
City police did not issue any tickets since Cornell was determined to allegedly be at fault. The driver who hit Cornell reportedly had a green light.