A state trooper was killed in a crash on Interstate 81 North in Chenango Bridge, not far from Binghamton.
State Police confirm that Trooper Christopher C. Skinner, of Troop C in Delaware County, was killed instantly when he was hit by a passing vehicle while making a routine traffic stop on I-81, just north of Exit 6 in Broome County.
The driver continued for a short distance before stopping and running into the nearby woods. The driver was taken into custody just after 1pm following a search.
At a press conference Thursday evening, New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico announced the suspect was identified as Almond Upton, 60, a Florida resident. D'Amico says Upton told troopers he intentionally struck Trooper Skinner.
Troopers say he struck two other vehicles before hitting Trooper Skinner. Upton will be charged with first degree murder.
D'Amico says the troopers will continue to investigate and do a proper accident reconstruction.
Trooper Skinner was a 13 year veteran of the State Police and was a Binghamton native.
Trooper Skinner is survived by his mother brother, fianc and two children. He was 42-year-old.
Broome County Emergency Management says traffic is being detoured onto U.S. Route 11. Officials say it isn't known how long the highway will be closed.