Two camp workers killed when struck by drunk driver

WARRENSBURG - Two foreign workers at Camp Echo Lake were killed around midnight June 24 when a drunk driver careened off Hudson Street and struck them, police said.

The driver, Peter B. Goldblatt, 39, Indian Lake, was charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a Felony, plus a Misdemeanor count of Driving while Intoxicated.

The victims in the incident were Dominic Hartley, 21, England and Emily Lewis, 21, Scotland, police said. Hartley was pronounced dead at the scene while Lewis died the next morning in Albany Medical Center, where she was transferred after initially being taken to Glens Falls Hospital, authorities said.

Goldblatt was arraigned June 25 morning in front of Town Justice Richard Nissen and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of $500,000 bail.

State police said seven counselors were standing off the west side of Hudson Street near a camp access road when Goldblatt's 2009 Ford Escape veered off the road and hit three of the counselors. The third person hit was Christopher Jones, 18, who was transported to Glens Falls Hospital with minor injuries.

State police spokeswoman Maureen Tuffey said all the camp employees were off the roadway by a reasonable distance, and when they saw the vehicle coming towards them, they moved farther off the road, but the fatal collision occurred anyway.

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