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No charges for fatal accident in March

October 12, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - No charges will be filed in the death of a Lake Placid man who was struck by a car while crossing Saranac Avenue last winter.

State police Investigator Jonathan Garrow told the Enterprise on Friday that pedestrian error led to the tragic accident that resulted in the death of 66-year-old Albert Scavo. He said no tickets will be issued to driver of the vehicle, 28-year-old Jake M. Bell of Mexico, N.Y.

"It's a sad situation," Garrow said. "Nobody likes to see these types of things.

"The pedestrian had health issues that more than likely contributed to his pedestrian error to cross the street in a snowstorm in a busy section," he added. "At this time, we are not going to be charging the driver."

The accident happened at about 6:30 p.m. March 9. Police said Scavo was walking west on the north shoulder of Saranac Avenue, near the Price Chopper supermarket, when he attempted to cross the highway. He was struck by a 2007 Toyota Corolla driven by Bell. Danielle M. Phelps, 23, of Fulton, was in the front passenger seat when the accident occurred.

Garrow said the case is closed.

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"We're sad for everybody involved," he said.


Contact Chris Morris at 518-891-2600 ext. 25 or



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