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Sheriff: Speed not a factor in fatal crash

Friday, March 15, 2013 - Updated: 4:31 PM

By HEATHER NELLIS

Recorder News Staff

TOWN OF AMSTERDAM -- Speed was not a factor in Sunday's motor vehicle collision on Route 67 that took three people's lives, the investigation has indicated.

Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato said the department on Thursday reviewed the black box of the van David Bain was driving when it struck a car in oncoming traffic.

"He was not speeding," Amato said.

Of what remains of the investigation, Amato said one more statement is needed, and the department is awaiting a toxicology report that could take several weeks.

In a previous interview, Amato said Bain, 68, of Amsterdam, consented to the drug and alcohol screen after the collision. Initial results were negative for alcohol, but was sent to the State Police crime laboratory for drug screening, Amato said.

Authorities are also trying to determine whether Bain had a medical condition.

A witness called 911 Sunday evening to report a swerving, erratically-driven van on Route 67, which then reportedly ran a red light at the intersection of Mannys Corners Road. The witness said the van later caused one vehicle to swerve off into the shoulder of the road, but there was no impact.

Bain's eastbound van then crossed the center line and struck 38-year-old Shyara Concepcion's westbound Honda, police said.

Concepcion was riding shot gun, and her girlfriend, Tanya Sleight, 33, was driving. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.

Sleight's three children were in the back seat. Nine-year-old Elijah Sleight passed away at Albany Medical Center Monday, having suffered a severe head injury.

Elijah and his sister, 2-year-old Naomi Sleight, were both airlifted to Albany Med. Naomi's condition has bettered from "critical condition" to "serious condition," hospital staff said Thursday. The best of three conditions they report is considered "fair."

The third child, seven-year-old Matthew Sleight, suffered only minor injuries, and was released to family Sunday night.

Bain reportedly told investigators he was looking for Mannys Corners Road to drop off a van, and was following a woman who was going to pick him up.

"When we got to the scene, he wasn't sure what transpired, but we don't know if that's an impact of the head injury," Amato said previously.

Bain hasn't been charged, and Montgomery County District Attorney James E. "Jed" Conboy said charges won't be considered until the investigation is complete.

A memorial fund has been set up in the victims' names to offset funeral expenses. Contributions can be made to the Tanya & Elijah Sleight & Shyara Concepcion Memorial Fund care of any branch of the Adirondack Trust Company Bank.

     

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