NY trooper killed on highway laid to rest

By WKTV News

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. (AP) - A funeral service for a state trooper who was struck and killed while making a routine traffic stop on a four-lane highway was this morning.

Services for Christopher Skinner were held at First Baptist Church in Johnson City. Governor Andrew Cuomo was set to be among the officials attending 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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