Expenses add up for Colonie family after SUV crashes into home

July 06, 2018 06:34 PM

COLONIE - A family, displaced after an SUV crashed into their home on Central Avenue last week, says their expenses are adding up.

This all started last Wednesday morning when 51-year-old Donald Bender of Schenectady hit three cars, flipping one into a fire hydrant on Central Avenue before crashing into the house. Bender has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

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While no one was seriously injured, there are still long-term consequences of the crash.

Nicholas Congemi and his 11-year-old daughter Rosie were home at the time of the crash. The foundation shifted when the car hit it.

Congemi, who had been renting the home for about three months, says his landlord's engineer and insurance reps say it would take six to eight months to repair the damage. However, at this point they believe they're going to tear the house down and rebuild.

Congemi says his landlord gave them their security deposit and last month's rent back. However, Congemi says they're paying for their hotel room out of pocket in the hope that Bender's insurance will cover some of it. Congemi says Bender's insurance agent told him they have very limited funds to work with, especially because so many people were impacted by this accident. So their hotel stay, moving expenses and other related costs will probably not be reimbursed in full.

Congemi had a lease signed with the landlord here, but he said he contacted several lawyers in the area for assistance after the accident. They told him once the home is found to be structurally unsound, the lease agreement is null and void. Congemi says they are looking for new places around the town of Colonie in a similar price point now. They're hoping to move into a new place within the next few weeks.


Emily Burkhard

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