NY trooper dies of injuries following 3-car crash

A tractor-trailer struck his patrol car on the Thruway in the city of Amsterdam; a third motorist was also injured

Duty Death: David Cunniff - [New York]

End of Service: 12/17/2013


By PoliceOne Staff

ALBANY — A state trooper has died of injuries suffered when his cruiser was hit by a tractor-trailer Monday night on the Thruway near Amsterdam.

David Cunniff, 35, was parked behind another vehicle on the highway’s shoulder after making a traffic stop when a tractor trailer driven by Gary Blakley hit both vehicles, according to the Times Union.

Trooper David Cunniff was killed in a crash on the Thruway. (State Police photo)
Trooper David Cunniff was killed in a crash on the Thruway. (State Police photo)

The other motorist, Eric Heller, who’d been pulled over for speeding, was taken to the hospital in fair condition.

Cunniff, a nine year veteran assigned to troop T’s Fultonville barracks, was pronounced dead Tuesday morning. He leaves behind a wife and two young boys, according to the report.

"All our hopes and prayers are with the family at this terrible time," Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said. 

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