NY trooper killed on highway to be buried today

JOHNSON CITY (AP) - A funeral service for a state trooper who was struck and killed while making a routine traffic stop on a four-lane highway is to be held Tuesday morning.

Services for Christopher Skinner are slated for 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Johnson City. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to attend the service.



The 42-year-old trooper was killed instantly when he was struck by a pickup truck around noon Thursday on Interstate 81 just north of Binghamton along New York’s Southern Tier. The driver of the pickup, Almond Upton of Melrose, Florida, has been charged with first-degree murder.

Upton admitted to police that he deliberately swerved his pickup from the left passing lane to the right shoulder to hit Skinner. Upton had sideswiped two other vehicles with his 2014 Toyota Tacoma before hitting Skinner.

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