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State Trooper Killed In Motorcycle Crash

An off-duty New York State Police trooper was killed Thursday when his motorcycle collided with a car at a Peru intersection.
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An off-duty New York State Police trooper was killed Thursday when his motorcycle collided with a car at a Peru intersection.

State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert LaFountain told Newschannel 5 that Travis Capen, 29, of Morrisonville was killed in the crash.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Dashnaw and Lapham Mills roads on Thursday at about 11 a.m., police said.

According to a press release from the New York State Police, a preliminary investigation showed that the driver of the car, 61-year-old Michael O. Keenan, of Peru, entered the intersection after stopping at a stop sign. Police said Keenan told them he did not see Capen's motorcycle.

Capen's motorcycle struck the side of Keenan's vehicle. Capen was taken to Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center in Plattsburgh, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Keenan was also taken to CVPH where he remains and is listed as being in stable condition.

Major Richard C. Smith, Jr., Troop B Commander issued the following statement on the loss of Capen:

"On behalf of all New York State Police members and civilian personnel, I would like to extend my condolences to the family of Travis A. Capen, who proudly served the Division of State Police since 2005. He was assigned to the Troop "B" State Police Interstate Highway Patrol at Valcour at the time of this tragic accident. He was a dedicated public servant and this is a great loss to our organization and the community Trooper Capen served. "

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