This Thursday and Friday, family, friends and brothers and sisters in law enforcement will pay their last respects to a nine-year veteran of the State Police, who died from injuries after a tractor trailer struck his patrol car on the Thruway earlier this week.
Calling hours for Trooper David Cunniff are scheduled for Thursday from 3:00 to 8:00 pm at the Grace Fellowship Church on Delatour Road in Watervliet. A funeral service will follow at the church Friday morning.
Flags on state government buildings will fly at half-staff in tribute to the 35-year-old Trooper.
Cunniff pulled over another driver for speeding Monday night, just after 8:00 p.m. in Amsterdam, when a tractor trailer slammed into both of their vehicles. The impact sent trooper Cunniff partially out of his car. He died as a result of his injuries Tuesday afternoon at Albany Medical Center.
Meanwhile, the driver of the other vehicle is recovering at an Albany area hospital. He was listed in fair condition as of Wednesday morning.
The driver of the tractor trailer was not hurt in the crash; no charges have been filed at this time. State Police continue to investigate the crash, and what may have caused it.
Trooper Cunniff lived in Duanesburg with his wife, Amy and their two sons, four-year-old Zachary and six-year-old Caleb, who is living with neuromuscular disease and uses a wheelchair.
The Thruway Authority released this statement Wednesday morning:
"On behalf of the Board of Directors and employees of the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation, we express our sincere condolences to New York State Police Troop T on the death of Trooper David Cunniff and extend heartfelt sympathy to Trooper Cunniff's loved ones, including his wife, Amy, and sons Caleb and Zachary. We are grateful to Troop T for helping to keep millions of Thruway motorists safe each year, and we share in the sadness of this tragic loss."
(Information from the Associated Press used in this report)