State Trooper killed after being struck by vehicle along I-81
New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico is saddened to announce the death of Trooper Christopher G. Skinner. Trooper Skinner was last assigned to the Traffic Incident Management Unit (TIM Detail), Troop C, Delaware County.
Around 12:00 p.m. on Thursday (5/29, Trooper Skinner was outside his marked State Police car conducting a vehicle and traffic stop on I-81 north of exit 6, between Chenango Bridge and Castle Creek, Broome County, when he was struck by a passing vehicle. Trooper Skinner was killed instantly.
The driver continued on a short distance before stopping and running into nearby woods. The operator was taken into custody shortly after 1:00 p.m. following a search. He was identified as Almond Upton, age 60, of Florida. He was charged and arraigned on Murder in the 1st Degree. It is alleged Upton was involved in side swiping two vehicles and injuring one driver prior to encountering Trooper Skinner. He allegedly left the passing lane and headed straight towards the trooper.
Trooper Skinner was a 13 year veteran of the New York State Police. He worked in Troops C, E and G. He was assigned to the TIM detail in June 2008.
Trooper Skinner is from Binghamton, NY and is survived by his mother, Sharyn, brother, Shawn, fiancé, Surrena, and two children, 15-year-old Kyle and 12-year-old Erin. Trooper Skinner was 42 years old.
Funeral arrangements will follow.
State Police would like to thank the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshal Service, Castle Creek Fire Department, and other federal and local first responders for their assistance.