An Orange County woman was killed and her husband was critically injured when their car collided with a state trooper's patrol cruiser and flipped over Friday night, State Police at Middletown said.
Robert Palladino, 70, of New Hampton was driving with 71-year-old Josephine Palladino in the passenger seat at 8:11 p.m. Palladino was headed north on Route 17A in Goshen when he reached the route's intersection with Houston Road and turned "directly into the path of" a patrol car driven by Trooper Scott Bauman, cops said.
Palladino's Kia and the patrol car collided; the Kia flipped, police said, and landed in the south shoulder of Route 17A.
Robert Palladino was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where he was treated for head trauma. Josephine Palladino was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bauman, 33, suffered a fractured ankle and was brought to Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown for treatment.
An investigation continues, but troopers said a preliminary report suggests Robert Palladino did not yield the right of way.
Friday's accident was the second life-threatening situation involving Bauman on Route 17. In 2010, he was helping another trooper during a traffic stop when the driver of the pulled-over car took off, dragging Trooper Kenneth Boris with him. Boris fired his gun at the suspect to free himself and fell into the road. In that incident, Bauman helped Boris before assisting in nabbing the suspect.