MALTA—A former Columbia County resident was killed in a multi-car fatal accident while assisting another driver on I-87, the Northway in Saratoga County, February 6 at 3:49 a.m.
A preliminary investigation by State Police determined that Fred Baxtrome, 59, of Fort Edward was traveling in the center lane of I-87 south in 2016 Honda SUV when he was struck from behind by 2018 Buick SUV operated by Jesica B. Dorronsoro, 28, of Halfmoon. Ms. Dorronsoro lost control of her vehicle, crossed the median, and came to rest in the center lane of I-87 northbound.
Two passengers in the Baxtrome vehicle were taken to Saratoga Hospital for evaluation.
While Ms. Dorronsoro’s SUV was disabled in the center lane of I-87 northbound, she was assisted by passing motorist, David H. Johnson, 54, of Stony Creek. Both Ms. Dorronsoro and Mr. Johnson were standing behind the Dorronsoro vehicle when they were struck by a northbound box truck operated by Jennifer Aidoo, 34, of New Britain, CT. Ms. Dorronsoro and Mr. Johnson were both declared dead at the scene. Mr. Johnson was formerly a Columbia County resident. A complete obituary for Mr. Johnson appears online at www.columbiapaper.com and on Page 19 of the print issue. Ms. Aidoo was not injured in the collision. The crash remains under investigation.
Canaan firefighters were called to help a “dog stuck in an icy pond” at 241 Tunnel Hill Road, February 12 at 6:24 a.m. Red Rock firefighters were called in to provide mutual aid.
The center of the pond was open water due to a bubbler type of aerator.
A firefighter clad in an ice rescue suit went in the water to save the Blue Heeler (Australian cattle dog), which was in the water for an estimated 20 minutes. The dog was removed from the pond unharmed and seemed fine according to firefighters on the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 7:18 a.m.
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