By Dan Hust
LIBERTY November 25, 2003 Tragedy befell the Liberty barracks of the New York State Police on Sunday.
According to Major Alan Martin, former Liberty barracks chief and now commander of Troop F (which includes Liberty), Trooper Jeffrey T. Edelson, 34, died after losing control of his 2000 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car while pursuing a vehicle.
Edelson reportedly had just turned around to chase down and stop a speeding car, said Captain Michael Cahill of Troop F in Middletown, and he apparently lost control of his car around 1 p.m. while descending a hill on Route 55 near its intersection with Airport Road in Liberty, about a mile northeast of the Liberty barracks.
His car then skidded into a roadside tree, flipping up on its side and wedging itself against the tree, roof crushed.
Major Martin sent out a press release late Sunday expressing deep regret and sadness over the tragedy.
Police are looking for the truck Edelson was apparently trying to catch up to a black extended-cab pickup whose operator may have witnessed the accident. People can call the Liberty barracks at 292-6600 if they have such information.
Edelson, a six-year veteran of the State Police, is survived by his parents, Steven and Ellen Edelson of Brookville, and a sister, Lynda, of New York City.
Services are today at 11 a.m. at Guttermans Funeral Home in Woodbury, followed by interment at the New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, L.I.