A Lake Placid man known for his daily walks throughout the village died after he was hit by a car while crossing Saranac Avenue Friday night.
Ray Brook-based state police said Albert Scavo, 66, was walking westward on the north shoulder of state Route 86, near the Price Chopper supermarket, around 6:30 p.m. when he tried to cross the highway and was struck by an eastbound 2007 Toyota Corolla. The Corolla was driven by Jake M. Bell, 28, of Mexico, N.Y., with front seat passenger Danielle M. Phelps, 23, of Fulton.
Scavo was transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid, where he was pronounced dead by Physicians Assistant Delina Fajrdo. An autopsy, performed Saturday at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake by Dr. C. Francis Varga, determined Scavo died of blunt-force trauma. The manner of death was ruled accidental.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation by state police and the Troop B Collision Reconstruction Unit. Police said the Essex County District Attorney's Office was also notified.
State Police Investigator Jonathan Garrow told the Enterprise Saturday that he didn't know if charges would be filed because the investigation was still in its infancy. He said road conditions were slippery due to snow on Friday night, but he didn't say whether that played a role in the accident.
"We can't make any conclusions yet," Garrow said.
Scavo, who lived on Greenwood Street, had been a resident of Lake Placid for the past four years, according to his obituary, which is published in today's Enterprise. He walked around the village on a daily basis, frequently stopping at several local stores and the Lake Placid Public Library, and attended daily Mass at St. Agnes Catholic Church.
Scavo is survived by a brother and a sister, who both live in Jay, and several other family members. Calling hours are scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid, with a funeral Mass scheduled for Wednesday at St. Agnes Church.