- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An interstate highway bridge near Binghamton is being named in honor of a state trooper who was struck and killed by a pickup truck during a traffic stop in May 2014.

The north and southbound bridges of Interstate 81 in the town of Chenango will be named the “Trooper Christopher G. Skinner Memorial Bridge.”

The 42-year-old trooper was a 13-year veteran of the state police.

Almond Upton, a 61-year-old Florida man, is awaiting a November trial for first-degree murder in Skinner’s death. Police say he intentionally swerved to hit Skinner.

Legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo also renames bridges memorializing Officer Arthur Lopez of Nassau County and Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputy Glenn Searles.

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