11/24/2003

N.Y. State Trooper Killed in Vehicle Crash

Officer Down: Jeffrey T. Edelson - [Liberty, New York]

Associated Press

LIBERTY, N.Y. (AP) -- The cause of a crash that killed a 34-year-old state trooper was being investigated Monday.

Trooper Jeffrey T. Edelson was killed Sunday while on patrol after his car crashed into a tree.

Edelson was answering a criminal mischief complaint at about 1:10 p.m. near this Catskill-area town when a dark-colored pickup truck sped by in the other direction.

Witnesses said that Edelson made a U-turn on Route 55 in an apparent attempt to catch up to the truck, but lost control of his cruiser on a downhill curve and went off the road, said Maj. Alan Martin.

Martin said investigators were reconstructing the accident Monday, but that glare from the sun could have been a factor.

"Right now, it looks likely that he was going too fast for the conditions," he said.

Edelson, a six-year veteran, was not married, according to state police.

Troopers were trying to track down the dark-colored pickup truck Monday.

Liberty is about 90 miles northwest of New York City.

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