In a tragic turn of events last week, Shannon L. German was struck by a tractor trailer in Stamford and died. On March 14, at approximately 7:45 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputies, State Police, and members of the Stamford Fire Department and Emergency Squad responded to a 911 report of a fatal hit-and-run vehicle-pedestrian accident on St. Hwy. 10 (Lake Street) in the Village of Stamford.
Preliminary investigation indicated that the victim, who was 24 years old was lying in the roadway when she was struck by an unidentified, northbound tractor trailer that continued traveling north following the collision.
State Highway 10 was subsequently closed to traffic by the New York State Department of Transportation and remained closed for several hours overnight while members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police Forensic Identification (FIU) and Collision Reconstruction Units (CRU) conducted their investigation at the scene.
The tractor trailer and driver were subsequently located in the Schenectady area by members of the New York State Police stationed at Princetown. Interviews conducted by members of New York State Police, Princetown, revealed that the truck driver, identified as Peter D. Baldauf, 50, of Delancey, did not see German lying in the roadway and unknowingly struck her while he was driving. Baldauf, unaware an accident had occurred did not stop following the collision but cooperated with officials after learning what had happened. Baldauf has not been charged in relation to the accident and police have not indicated what caused German to be lying in the road when the tractor-trailer passed by and hit her.
Sheriff Craig S. DuMond credited the swift identification of the involved vehicle and driver, and the subsequent closure in this case, to the “outstanding inter-agency collaboration of the Delaware County and Schoharie Sheriff’s Offices and New York State Police uniformed Troopers, Investigators and members of the State Police Forensic Identification, Collision Reconstruction and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Units.” No cause of death has been released by police or medical examiner’s offices.