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Schenectady, N.Y. Officer Dies From Injuries in Cruiser Crash

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April 11, 2004

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Schenectady, N.Y. Officer Dies From Injuries in Cruiser Crash

Officer Down: Eric Verteramo - [Schenectady, New York]

Flags are at half-mast at the Schenectady Police Department as officers mourn one of their own.

From Capital News 9 (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Officer Eric Verteramo, 30, was killed Sunday night after crashing his police cruiser into a telephone pole.

Verteramo was heading northbound on Broadway -- responding to an accident between a motorcycle and pedestrian. Witnesses said Verteramo missed a curb and slammed into a telephone poll near the Bellevue overpass.

Verteramo is a five-and-a-half year veteran of the Schenectady police force.

Verteramo was first taken to Ellis Hospital, then airlifted to Albany Medical Center. Police said he suffered head and upper body trauma, and died from his injuries at around 11:30 p.m.

A temporary memorial has been created on the poll Verteramo hit. It's not clear if Verteramo was wearing a seat belt, but police in New York State are not required wear one.

Officer Verteramo is the ninth Schenectady Police officer to die in the line of duty.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

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