According to authorities, a 36-year-old woman was fatally wounded and a 40-year-old woman was seriously injured while they were walking along Route 197 in Argyle on Dec. 1. The pair was getting some exercise and was traveling in the northbound lane of the road facing oncoming traffic when the driver of a Buick sedan struck them from behind. The 58-year-old man driving the car told authorities he was attempting to pass a car in the southbound lane in a passing zone.
Both women were taken to Glens Falls Hospital, and the 36-year-old was pronounced dead. The injured woman was treated for multiple broken bones, but doctors considered her condition to be stable.
The woman who was killed was the mother of three young children and worked for the Washington County Department of Social Services for 12 years. An agent with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported that grief counselors were available at the department the next day.
The man who was driving the Buick was not injured, and police reported that he was on his way home from work when the collision occurred at 7:16 p.m. The accident is still under investigation, but no charges were filed at the scene. A senior investigator with the sheriff’s department said it did not appear that the driver was impaired in any way or under the influence, but it was too soon to determine if charges would be brought. The police also advised that it did not appear that the driver had been speeding.
Authorities are searching for the driver of a maroon or dark-colored vehicle that the driver of the Buick passed who failed to stop after the accident happened. If he can be located, he could face charges of failing to stop at the scene of an accident or potentially other charges since the car wreckcaused a fatal injury.