Man jailed on $100,000 bail following alleged high-speed chase and accident that killed two Potsdam residents
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:48 am

A Fort Covington man is in jail on $100,000 bail after leading police on a high-speed chase that ended with the death of two Potsdam parents and left their daughter in critical condition.

State police say Trevor J. Sisto, 20, was charged Friday with first-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, driving while ability impaired by drugs, reckless driving, failure to keep right, and speeding.

Lake Placid Police also charged Sisto with first-degree attempted assault, reckless endangerment, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, leaving the scene of a personal injury motor vehicle accident, reckless driving, as well as numerous vehicle and traffic violations.

Sisto was arraigned at the Village of Lake Placid Court and at the Town of North Elba Court.

Troopers say he was sent to Essex County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail, or $200,000 bond and is scheduled to reappear on July 29, 2014, at 4 p.m.

The incident started after the Lake Placid Police Department contacted state police around 1:30 p.m. Thursday to request assistance with locating a 2011 Ford F-150 that was involved in a hit-and-run collision within the village of Lake Placid.

Troopers soon located truck traveling west on State Route 86, at what they said was “a high rate of speed.”

The troopers attempted to stop the vehicle but as the truck approached Ray Brook, it entered the eastbound lane and collided at about 2 p.m. with the another vehicle that was traveling east.

Both vehicles then went off the north side of the highway where they came to rest, police said.

Sisto, was the sole occupant of the Ford F-150 and was immediately taken into custody at the scene by state police.

The three occupants of the Honda were trapped and had to be extricated by Lake Placid and Saranac Lake Fire and Rescue personnel, police said.

James E. Barney, 42, who was driving a 2009 Honda Fit, was pronounced dead at the scene by Essex County Coroner Francis Whitelaw.

The front seat passenger, Kim Barney, 38, was transported to Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake, and later air-lifted to Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington Vt. where she died of her injuries.

The rear seat passenger, Emily Colby, 11, was air-lifted from the scene to Fletcher-Allen where she was undergoing surgery for multiple injuries and was listed in critical condition late Thursday, police said.

The accident is still under investigation by troopers, Lake Placid Police and the Essex County District Attorney.

Further charges against Sisto are pending.