Major Richard J. O’Brien
Troop G Commander
Preliminary investigation has determined that 18-year-old Megi Hamza of Guilderland was operating a 2006 Toyota Corolla northbound when she became disabled in the center lane. Timothy Murphy, 72, of Glens Falls, was operating a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound in the right lane. Murphy changed lanes into the middle lane in response to an uninvolved tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer had stopped alongside Hamza with its hazard lights on. Murphy failed to observe Hamza stopped in the center lane and impacted the rear of the vehicle.
Hamza was transported to Albany Medical Center where she died as a result of her injuries. Murphy was also transported to Albany Medical Center with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
The investigation into this accident is ongoing.