Upstate New York man dies in crash involving stolen vehicle

by William Mattar | November 7th, 2011

November 7, 2011

An Albany, New York, man, 62, died Tuesday from injuries suffered when his BMW was struck by a stolen vehicle. According to the Associated Press, the stolen sports utility vehicle was being driven by a man fleeing from Albany police.

The 29- year-old driver of the other vehicle was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident.

As reported by authorities, the police tried to pull over the stolen vehicle on Sunday night but the driver kept on driving. Police pursued for a short time, then called off the chase.

Soon after, the SUV slammed into the victim’s car. His son was in the car with him and suffered minor injuries.

“We were just laughing,” his son said of the seconds before the crash. “Then I woke up, and there was my dad next to me. There was blood and glass everywhere,” he told the Times Union Wednesday. “There were firefighters everywhere helping to pull us out of the car. Then, when we got to the hospital I knew I could have used some help from the doctors, but I just wanted them to concentrate on my Dad.”

“He was a gentle soul, a kind man. And I wouldn’t say that about just anyone,” said a friend of the victim’s for over a decade. “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

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