Saratoga Springs Police Department
5 Lake AvenueSaratoga Springs, New York 12866(518) 584-1800GREGORY J. VEITCH
Chief of Police Assistant Chief of Police
Serving Since 1887
08/27/2013From: Lt. John CatoneRe: Fatal Accident on Route 9 SouthOn Sunday August 25
, 2013, at 10:30pm, The Saratoga Springs Police Department received a 911 callreporting a serious personal injury accident involving an SUV and two Motorcycles at the intersection of RT 9South and the East / West Road entering the State Park. Multiple Police and Fire Units responded to the sceneand SSPD Sgt. Aaron Benware was the first officer on scene. A passing motorists who stopped and identifiedherself as a nurse, and Sgt. Benware, immediately began CPR on one of the motorcycle drivers who was lateridentified as Christopher T. Thomas, Age 26, Yates Street, Troy, NY. Arriving SSFD Paramedics beganimmediate life-support procedures, continued CPR, and transported Thomas to Saratoga Hospital where he waspronounced dead a short time later. The cause of death for Christopher Thomas is massive chest injuries and aruptured aorta.The preliminary accident investigation shows a 2008 Lexus SUV being operated by a Debra Powell,Northborough, MA, was facing North on Rt 9 and positioned in the left-turn lane getting ready to turn left on tothe East / West Road. The two motorcycles, the first, a 2007 Yamaha, Red, being operated by ChristopherThomas, the second, a 2008 Victory, Black, being operated by Scott A. Mancini, Age 23, Third Street,Rensselaer, NY, and carrying a passenger, Stephanie Preble, Age 20, McChesney Ave Ext, Troy, NY, were firstobserved going South on Route 9 at the Avenue of the Pines. According to witnesses, the two motorcycles wereallegedly traveling at a high rate of speed south on RT 9 in and out of moderate traffic. As they approached theintersection of RT 9 and East / West Road, Powell was making a left turn in to the East / West Road to pick-upfamily members who were attending the concert. As Powell was making the left-turn through the intersection itappears that the traffic light had changed to yellow and by some witness accounts the motorcycles allegedlysped up to possibly beat the light. Thomas and the 2007 Yamaha, slammed in to the passenger side door andrear of the SUV and crashed to the ground. Mancini, with Preble on the back of the 2008 Victory, clipped therear of the SUV, began fishtailing and lost control of the motorcycle. Mancini and Preble were ejected from themotorcycle.Mancini and Preble suffered arm, leg and facial injuries, they were treated at the scene and then bothwere transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment. Mancini and Preble have since been treated andreleased from Albany Medical Center. It is unknown the severity of their injuries and that information will bedocumented as part of the continuing investigation. Thomas, Mancini and Preble had attended the concert atSPAC.