Driver in fatal collision may have previously rear-ended car in Saranac Lake
SARANAC LAKE – Less than an hour before Trevor J. Sisto allegedly fled Lake Placid Thursday afternoon and collided with a car in Ray Brook, killing two people, he may have been involved in a hit-and-run collision in Saranac Lake.
Saranac Lake Police Chief Bruce Nason said his officers were contacted by a state police dispatcher at 1:13 p.m. about a minor property damage collision on George LaPan Highway (state Route 3). A driver had reported her car was rear-ended by a black pickup truck that left the scene. Although the collision was reported to village police at 1:13 p.m., it wasn’t clear when it took place.
Nason said his officers weren’t immediately available to respond to the incident because they were dealing with a three-car collision on Lake Flower Avenue at the same time. The driver of the car that was rear-ended on LaPan Highway didn’t get the license plate of the pickup truck, but Nason said a witness later told police he or she saw a truck fitting the same description nearby and wrote down its license plate number.
Nason said the plate number the person gave police matches that of the black 2011 Ford F-150 that Sisto, 20, of Fort Covington, was driving when he collided with a 2009 Honda Fit driven by James E. Barney on state Route 86 in Ray Brook just before 2 p.m.
“Everything, at this point in time, points to that vehicle also being involved in an incident in Saranac Lake,” Nason said.
Barney, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Kim Barney, 38, died later at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont. Her daughter (his stepdaughter), 11-year-old Emily Colby, suffered multiple injuries and was listed in serious condition today at Fletcher Allen.
Between the Saranac Lake and Ray Brook collisions, Lake Placid police say Sisto was involved in a hit-and-run collision there with a police department electric car and drove erratically through the village, into oncoming traffic and on occupied sidewalks.
Sisto, who wasn’t hurt, is facing a slew of charges from both state police and Lake Placid village police. He’s currently in the Essex County Jail in Lewis in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.