Bill sent to Assembly to rename state route

Would be named after fallen trooper


GLEN — A portion of Route 5S will be dedicated to state police Sgt. Jeremy VanNostrand, a state trooper who tragically died in a car crash in November, if a bill introduced by state Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is approved.

Legislation will designate the portion of Route 5S where the Troop G Barracks is located and where VanNostrand served, as the “Trooper Jeremy J. VanNostrand Memorial Highway.”

VanNostrand entered the state police in December 2012 and served with the state police for six years. He served as a trooper in Troop F at state police Middletown and Liberty, and in Troop G at state police Granville, and his latest assignment, at state police in Fonda.

Prior to serving the state police, VanNostrand served as a corrections officer for eight years with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant following his death.

VanNostrand had been traveling to work to the state police barracks in Fonda in his personal car on Nov. 27, the day the accident occurred. He was stopped in the westbound lane on Route 5S waiting to turn into the station when he was struck by a box truck and pushed into oncoming traffic. VanNostrand’s vehicle was then hit by a pick-up truck that was traveling eastbound on Route 5S.

Kerra Burns, public information officer said that the investigation into the accident that killed VanNostrand is ongoing. The cause of the accident remains undetermined, however, weather did not appear to be a factor in the crash.

“The investigation into Sgt. VanNostrand’s accident is still ongoing, there have not been any ticket issued or charges leveled at this time,” she said.