Driver hit Saranac Lake car before the fatal crash

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 was 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. 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 Barney on state Route 86 in Ray Brook just before 2 p.m.

Barney, 42, and his wife, Kim Barney, 38, died. Her daughter (his stepdaughter), 11-year-old Emily Colby, suffered multiple injuries and was listed in serious condition Friday at Fletcher Allen.

Sisto wasn’t hurt and is facing a slew of charges.