UPDATE: Prattsburgh Northern Paving employee struck and killed by intoxicated driver in Phelps

Deputies have identified the road worker who died late-Thursday after being struck by an intoxicated driver. 

Nicholas Edward, 34, of Prattsburgh was striping the center line of the highway as an employee of Northern Paving LLC when he was struck by a vehicle operated by Robert Qualtrough, 84, of Clifton Springs. 

The Ontario County District Attorney, New York State Department of Transportation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration all responded to the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.




Road worker killed by 84-year-old intoxicated driver in Phelps

Deputies say they responded to what was originally reported as a crash with a pedestrian struck on State Route 96 at Bankert Road in the town of Phelps. 

It was found that the reported pedestrian was actually a subject operating a ride-on paint sprayer — striping the center line of the newly paved portion of the highway.

The person was struck by a 2011 Ford Fusion operated by Robert Qualtrough, 84, of Clifton Springs who was traveling west.

The victim, who was not identified, was transported to Clifton Springs Hospital where he was pronounced dead.




Deputies say the 84-year-old Qualtrough was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Part of State Route 96 was closed for several hours for accident reconstruction. 

New York State Police, Finger Lakes Ambulance, Phelps Ambulance, Clifton Springs Fire Department, Phelps Fire Department, and County EMS Coordinator all assisted at the scene.


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