Child dies of injuries from Amsterdam crash

AMSTERDAM – One of the children injured in Sunday’s head-on collision on Route 67 has died, raising the death toll from the crash to three.

Elijah Sleight, 9, died Monday from his injuries suffered in the three-car accident that also took the lives of his mother and another woman, according to The Associated Press.

Tanya Sleight, 33, and Chyara Concepcion, 39, both of Amsterdam, were declared dead at the scene on Sunday, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Joseph Kilmartin said this morning.

Sleight, Concepcion and three children – Elijah and his siblings Naomi Sleight, 2, and Matthew Sleight, 7 – were together in a vehicle heading west on Route 67 about 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

David Bain, 68, was driving east in a van. Authorities said Bain’s van crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with the other vehicle. Kilmartin said eyewitnesses reported Bain was driving erratically just before the crash. A person was about to call 911 when the accident occurred, Kilmartin said.

The accident occurred near Belfance Road, about two miles northeast of the city of Amsterdam.

Hagaman Volunteer Fire Chief Don Reksc said when he arrived at the scene, Bain’s vehicle was still on the road, while Sleight’s vehicle and a third vehicle were in a ditch on the side of the road. Details about the third car’s involvement in the crash were unavailable this morning.

Elijah and Naomi Sleight were flown to Albany Medical Center Hospital on Sunday, authorities said. Hospital officials did not return a call seeking information about Naomi’s condition in time for this story.

According to Reksc, firefighters used extraction tools to free the three children from the back of their vehicle. Two landing zones were established, allowing helicopters to pick up Elijah and Naomi.

Bain and Matthew Sleight were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Kilmartin said Bain consented to a blood screening for alcohol and drugs, which will be sent to the state police for evaluation.

Montgomery County Sheriff Michael J. Amato said the investigation is ongoing, and charges may be filed at a later date.

In addition to the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department, the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department and the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps assisted at the scene.