Local man killed in hit and run

TICONDEROGA - A well-known Ticonderoga native was struck and killed early Wednesday morning as he jogged along the roadside near the intersection of Route 22 and Shore Airport Road, police said.

Police identified the man as Anthony "Tony" Morette, a popular local runner and community activist.

Morette, 60, was found lying on the side of the road just after 5 a.m. by three men who were on their way to go hunting. Morette was still conscious when emergency personnel arrived and able to give a description of the tractor-trailer that struck him.

He later died of internal injuries at Moses Ludington Hospital.

Wednesday afternoon police were still searching for the truck they believe exited the nearby International Paper Mill before striking Morette.

Ticonderoga policeman Ron Drinkwine said Thursday morning the department is still following leads but has yet to confirm the driver of the vehicle.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 585-2205.

Morette was an electrician by trade and was known for offering the use of his bucket truck to the town to hang holiday lights and banners for local events.

Morette, who was a lifelong resident of Ticonderoga, was the former assistant fire chief there and Essex County fire inspector.

He also was very active as a volunteer for Fort Ti and was known locally for his devotion to Mount Defiance where he would create a holiday light display each year that could be seen for miles.

Morette leaves behind his longtime wife, Susan, a daughter Kristi of New Jersey and a sister, Ann.

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