Chris Puckett

Director, Special Investigations Unit (SIU)|


As Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Chris is responsible for managing a team of Investigators as well as the investigation and reconstruction of hundreds of motor vehicle collisions involving property damage, serious physical injury and death, which included the use of applicable theories in collision reconstruction. Chris conducts numerous private investigations, which included interviews, surveillance and depositions.

Chris is an expert at forensic mapping and diagramming of any incident to include: motor vehicle collisions, crime scenes, and various non-collision related incidents. He has conducted and participated in testing to include: acceleration/deceleration, pedestrian speeds, time/distance analysis, and nighttime sight distance and perception reaction time to substantiate applied theories in collision reconstruction.

Prior to joining Avalon, Chris served as Enhanced Due Diligence Investigator for M&T Bank. His investigation responsibilities included assessing and mitigation risks associated with high risk customers through enhanced due diligence review while adhering to State and Federal regulatory compliance.

Prior to his time with M&T Bank, Chris spent 21 years in law enforcement career as an Investigator with the State Police. During this time with the State Police, Chris was assigned to the Forensic Identification Unit for the New York State Police, where he processed major crime scenes for physical evidence. He was also assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, where he investigated major crimes that were reported to the Division of State Police. Chris provided investigation and reconstruction of hundreds of motor vehicle collisions involving property damage, physical injury, and death for numerous clients and agencies in the private sector.

Additionally, Chris is currently an Adjunct Instructor for Hilbert College, teaching forensic photography/imagery, fingerprint evidence, collision reconstruction, blood stain pattern analysis and report writing.

Professional Affiliations

  • Accident Reconstruction Communication Network (ARC)
  • New York State Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units, Inc. (NYSSIU)
  • Buffalo Claims Association (BCA)