WILTON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A New York State Trooper was struck and killed by a car in Saratoga County, New York Wednesday morning.
The troop commander said 55-year-old Timothy Pratt was crossing Ballard Road in Wilton, N.Y. to assist the driver of a tractor trailer parked in the median, when he was struck by a silver SUV.
State police say Trooper Pratt was helping the driver of the tractor trailer to cross to the side of the road. When Trooper Pratt approached the tractor trailer, an SUV struck him in a 55 MPH zone.
Police say the driver of the SUV is cooperating with investigators.
“There does not appear to be any criminality involved, this is a tragic accident,” Commander William Keeler said.
Trooper Pratt was first treated at Saratoga Hospital in serious condition and was then flown to Albany Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries around 9:30 a.m.
Pratt was a 30-year veteran at the Wilton Barracks. He served in the United States Air Force from 1979-1986.
Pratt’s co-workers describe him as a beloved member of the community, who was always first to volunteer for police-involved community events.
Trooper Pratt lived in South Glens Falls, and is survived by his fiancée, two sons and daughter.
Part of the road near Traver Road and Northern Pines Road is closed off for accident reconstruction, which officials say could take several hours. It is right off of Exit 16 on the Northway, and State Police are advising drivers to avoid the area.
Governor Cuomo ordered flags at half-staff. He released this statement:
“I am shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of New York State Police Trooper Timothy Pratt. Trooper Pratt was a loving father, friend and neighbor who worked each and every day to make his community and all of New York a better place.”