2 pedestrians, including child, killed after motorcyclist runs off road in Lake George

LAKE GEORGE — State Police are investigating after they said a speeding motorcyclist careened off Route 9 and crashed into a group of pedestrians near Lake George Expedition Park, killing a 38-year-old and an 8-year-old.

Police said a motorcycle driven by Anthony J. Futia, 33, of Albany, was traveling at a high rate of speed north on Route 9 at about 3:40 p.m. when the motorcycle went off the east shoulder and onto a paved bike path, striking a group of six pedestrians who were standing near the path’s entrance.

James A. Persons, 38, and Quinton Delgadillo, 8, both of Lake George, were killed in the crash. Another pedestrian, Jasmine Luellen, 30, of Lake George, was transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital and is in stable condition. Three other children with the group of pedestrians were not injured. 
 
Futia suffered life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition at Albany Med.

Route 9 was closed for many hours Sunday. The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Lake George Expedition Park is the former Magic Forest amusement park on Route 9. No one answered the phone when the Times Union contacted the park late Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened as Americade weekend was ending, a time when thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts arrive in Lake George.

There were two other serious motorcycle crashes, one fatal, in the area over the weekend, although it is unclear if those victims were specifically in the area to attend Americade, which started Tuesday.

Laura B. Covarrubias, 38, of Glenmont, was driving a 2021 Kawasaki motorcycle north on the Northway in Malta sometime before 8 a.m. Wednesday when she moved to the left lane and struck a BMW motorcycle driven by the person she was traveling with. She was pronounced dead at Saratoga Hospital. 

On Sunday night, Warren County Sheriff’s deputies announced another motorcycle crash that happened on Saturday night on Route 9 in Lake George.

Deputies said a 1998 Harley Davidson driven by a 65-year-old from New Lebanon was traveling south near the Mohican Motel when he veered into oncoming traffic to avoid striking a vehicle that had turned in front of him. The motorcyclist struck a vehicle and then hit a guardrail. 

He was flown to Albany Med; deputies did not provide his condition late Sunday night.


Correction: This article has been updated. An earlier version of this article misidentified the 8-year-old boy killed in the crash. He is Quinton Delgadillo, according the Lake George Central School District. State Police later confirmed the name they shared Sunday was incorrect.

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