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Late trooper had local ties
Chenango, N.Y. -- The state trooper hit and killed by a car just north of Binghamton Thursday had ties to the Rochester area.
Christopher Skinner, 42, was a 13-year New York State Police veteran who served several years with Troop E, based out of Canandaigua. He died Thursday afternoon when he was hit along Interstate 81 in the town of Chenango, Broome County.
Investigators said Skinner was hit intentionally by Almond Upton, 60, of Melrose, Florida, around noon. Police said Upton admitted to intentionally sideswiping two cars before slamming into Skinner, who died instantly.
After hitting Skinner, Upton reportedly sped off and ran into the woods, where search crews found him naked. In a statement during his arraignment, Upton, who had two prior DWI convictions in Florida, claimed he had gone through a time warp at the time of the crash.
Police charged Upton with first-degree murder.
It doesnt appear he was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph DAmico. Im not sure what his mental state was at the time of the accident, but he did make admissions that he saw the trooper and intentionally struck him.
Police have not commented about a possible motive for the crash. Skinner is survived by his fiance and two children. Funeral arrangements were still being made.