Former NCPR membership director from Colton killed in Canton while trying to secure two dogs in roadway
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 8:57 am

CANTON – A Colton woman was killed when she was stuck by a vehicle while attempting to catch two dogs that were loose in the roadway, according to state police.

Peoples was an advancement communications writer at St. Lawrence University. She also spent 12 years leading the annual giving and finance program for North Country Public Radio, according to the college's website.

Around 6:55 p.m. on Thursday troopers responded to a report of a car-pedestrian crash on State Route 68 near Langdon Corners.

An investigation at the scene revealed that 52-year-old June M. Peoples was crossing the roadway to retrieve one of the dogs, when a 2014 Buick Enclave operated by Kenneth G. Tupper, 79, Canton, struck Peoples.

Canton Rescue transported Peoples to Canton-Potsdam Hospital where she was pronounced deceased at 7:51 p.m.

An initial investigation of the scene revealed no evidence of criminal activity, and no summonses have been issued, police said. A thorough investigation is still underway.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Canton Fire and Rescue, Pierrepont Fire and Rescue, the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, and New York State Forest Rangers.