Slain pedestrian's body to return to family

When the car struck his body, Segunda Zamora had crossed three of the four lanes that make up Route 5 in Colonie.

But at around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, Zamora did not make it through the fourth lane and he did not survive the injuries he suffered after being hit by a car police said was going no more than 40 miles per hour. Zamora died the following day at Albany Medical Center.

The days since his death have brought answers to police and even promise of closure for his family who will now be able to bring his body back to Ecuador for a proper burial. But the process was met with some obstacles caused mainly by his illegal residency in the United States.

According to Sgt. Robert Donnelly of the Colonie Police Department, police suspect the 32-year-old Zamora was headed to Ontario Street in Albany when he left his apartment at 1119 Central Ave. Police also suspect Zamora was possibly planning to take the bus to Ontario Street, as the bus station was located across the street and when Zamora was struck, he had a single dollar in his hand.

He also had a cell phone in his hand, said Donnelly. "We don't know if he was on it, because it was broken at the crash."

Through speaking with Zamora's roommates, who Donnelly said are also suspected to be illegal immigrants, police were able to theorize that Zamora was headed to Ontario Street to visit a shop that sells phone cards, so that Zamora could call his family in Ecuador.

He had exited the house alone, and was alone when he was hit by the car.

As for the driver, Donnelly said police are not releasing his name as he is not being charged at this time. Donnelly also said alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident.

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