MoCo Sheriff: Tickets issued in July car-bike crash that killed Johnstown teacher in town of Amsterdam


Russell “Russ” Snyder, a mathematics teacher at Johnstown Jr.-Sr. High School, pictured in the school yearbook. PHOTO COURTESY OF VISCOSI PHOTOGRAPHY

TOWN OF AMSTERDAM – The investigation into the July car-bike crash that killed a Johnstown teacher in the town of Amsterdam has led to tickets issued to the driver of the car, Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials said Wednesday evening.

Driver Veronica Hansberger, 28, of Amsterdam, was issued a total of four tickets, including failure to safely pass a bicycle, speed not reasonable and prudent and unlicensed operator due to an expired driver’s license, officials said.

Hansberger was traveling west on Log City Road at about 8 p.m. July 21 when she struck bicyclist Russell Snyder, 42, of Amsterdam, officials said.

Snyder, who was a teacher with Johnstown schools, was also traveling west, along the shoulder of Log City Road at the time of the crash, officials said.

Initial arriving members of the sheriff’s office tended to Snyder and attempted lifesaving measures. He was then taken to St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance, where he died.

Snyder served as a teacher in Johnstown for nine years. He was remembered after his death as a very family-oriented man with a good sense of humor and the ability to teach math and reach students with the greatest mathematical struggles. He earlier taught in Albany and Amsterdam schools.

Officials noted in a release that Hansberger cooperated with all stages of the investigation.

Hansberger was also issued a ticket for front windshield tint, officials said.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Fort Johnson Volunteer Fire Department, the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the New York State Police.

By Steven Cook

One thought on “MoCo Sheriff: Tickets issued in July car-bike crash that killed Johnstown teacher in town of Amsterdam

  • So that’s it? She killed someone, and she gets traffic tickets? Ridiculous, there aren’t words.

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