Albany man faces DWI, vehicular manslaughter counts; victim mourned

Section: Capital Reg,  Page: D1

Date: Sunday, July 3, 2011

ALBANY -- A city man faces felony manslaughter and DWI charges in connection with the death of a 72-year-old woman who was struck and killed in front of her Second Avenue home early Saturday.

Paul Fontane, 53, of 1 Avenue B, was driving a 2000 Hyundai eastbound on Second Avenue at 3 a.m. when he struck Marcia Vickson in front of her 316 Second Ave. home, police spokesman James Miller said.

Vickson's nephew, who sat outside the woman's home later in the day, said she had lived there for two years after moving from Ghent.

As one of the Vickson's grandchildren, Elijah Fallen, 11, sat on the stoop eating his lunch, her nephew Troy Hilts said the family was in shock and inside the home mourning their loss.

A memorial of small American flags, candles and bouquets of flowers had accumulated on and around a utility pole near where she was hit.

Vickson was thrown onto the hood of Fontane's car, struck the windshield and then was thrown to the pavement about 30 to 40 feet from where she was hit, Miller said.

She was treated by Albany Fire Department paramedics at the scene and then taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital, where she later died of severe head and chest trauma, Miller said.

Fontane was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and two counts of DWI.

He was arraigned Saturday in Albany City Court and sent to jail without bail.