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Hit-and-run kills woman in I-87 accident

I-87 accident in Schroon

— A woman died in a hit-and-run Interstate 87 accident in the town of Schroon Nov. 20.

Mary J. Morrissey, 65, of Mechanicville, died after the vehicle she was traveling in was struck by another car on I-87 just south of the Ticonderoga exit, according to state police.

The driver, her brother, Thomas E. LaFountain, was injured.

LaFountain, 59, of Mechanicville, told police he was driving his 2000 Chevy Prism northbound when his vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle.

Upon being struck, LaFountain’s car went off the east side of the road and hit a guard rail, pushing it to the west side of the road, where it went over into the median and crashed into an earthen embankment, according to police.

Morrissey was pronounced dead at the scene.

LaFountain suffered facial lacerations and complained of pain. He was transported to Glens Falls Hospital for treatment and later released.

The State Police Troop B Collision Reconstruction Unit and Lewis-based State Police in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating the accident.

The vehicle that struck LaFountain’s car may be a light-colored passenger car, possibly a Toyota, with a partial license plate of DWD, police reported. The state of the license was not known.

Police urged anyone with information to contact them at 873-2750.

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