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Hearings reset for suspect in fatal collision

Couple killed in wreck has five children; family fundraising site set up

July 29, 2014
By MATTHEW TURNER ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Trevor Sisto, who allegedly crashed a pickup truck into a car and killed a Parishville couple Thursday, had his preliminary hearing rescheduled for August.

Sisto, 20, of Fort Covington, was set to appear Tuesday afternoon at the North Elba Town Hall for two court appearances: one in Lake Placid village court and one in the town court. His town court date was pushed back to Monday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m., and the village court date was reset for Thursday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m.

He will be represented by William Tansey of the Essex County Public Defender's Office.

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Kim and Jim Barney of Parishville
(Photo courtesy of Seymour Funeral Home, Potsdam)

State police said Sisto, driving his mother's Ford F-150 without her knowledge Thursday, fled police at speeds of up to 80 mph, ending in a collision with a Honda Fit in Ray Brook, which was carrying the Parishville couple and one of their five children. The Fit's driver, Jim Barney, 42, was declared dead at the scene. His wife Kim Barney, 38, was transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake and then airlifted to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont, where she died. Kim's daughter and Jim's stepdaughter Emily Colby, 11, was also airlifted to Fletcher Allen, where she received surgery and was recently upgraded from critical to good condition, according to hospital staff.

Jim and Kim Barney also leave behind three other daughters and a son, according to their obituaries in the Watertown Daily Times. Kim's classmates from the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School Class of 1994 have set up an online fundraising site to help the family, The four-day-old site had collected $2,640 in donations as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Jim was a sergeant at Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone. Kim had been employed at the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services in Canton. They were married atop Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington on Aug. 1, 2010.

Their funerals are scheduled for Thursday in Potsdam, and they will be buried in Dickinson.

At the time of the collision in Ray Brook, Sisto was fleeing from Lake Placid, where village police said he drove recklessly, including on sidewalks and in opposite lanes, and backed into an electric police vehicle when an officer blocked him in a driveway. Before that, Saranac Lake police say they believe he rear-ended a car and took off.

Lake Placid police charged Sisto with felony attempted assault in the first degree, three counts of felony endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. State police charged him with unlawfully fleeing a police officer, reckless driving and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Police said Sisto was high on marijuana, although they didn't have blood test results back yet.

State police Maj. Richard Smith said last week that more serious charges are likely to be laid against Sisto.

Sisto has a criminal history that includes theft, drug and sex charges. He remains in the Essex County Jail in Lewis in lieu of $200,000 cash bail or $400,000 bond.



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