2 sheriff’s office members accused in hit-and-run cover-up
FONDA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say two members of an upstate New York sheriff’s office have been put on paid administrative leave for failing to report an off-duty hit-and-run accident one of them was involved in.
Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato says Monday that Investigator Roberto Garcia was driving his personal vehicle when he hit an 18-year-old skateboarder in the town of Amsterdam on the night of July 11.
Deputies say the young man suffered minor injuries. He took photos of the vehicle with his cellphone before it drove away.
State police investigating the incident learned that Deputy Theresa Pingitore knew of the accident but didn’t report it.
Gracia has been charged with failure to report a personal injury accident, professional misconduct and tampering with evidence.
Pingitore has been charged with professional misconduct.