Car speeding from Colonie into Watervliet ends in fatal crash

July 04, 2018 05:51 PM

WATERVLIET – It didn't take long for a Colonie patrol sergeant to pick up a Hyundai on radar, going 75 mph in a posted 45 mph zone late Tuesday night. However, by the time he activated his lights in his unmarked SUV, the car was down the Route 2 hill and into Watervliet where the speed limit drops to 30 mph.

Soon after, around 11:15, the car slammed into a house on 19th Street between 8th Avenue and 7th Avenue and the driver was dead in a fiery wreck. The name of the driver has not been released.


"I thought somebody threw, set off some fireworks out here,” said James Poore, who has lived across the street for two years. He and other neighbors came running to help with fire extinguishers and to upright the car, which was on its side. “It was really a big bang and I saw it light up.

"Trying to smash the top of the window out and then we all got together cause there was quite a few people and push the car over and then all of a sudden it really started, it flamed right up and then, you know...,” Poore said, his voice trailing off.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We were very lucky in the fact that there was property damage but other than that there's no other vehicles or pedestrians that were involved in the accident,” said Watervliet Police Chief Mark Spain.

Colonie P.D. notified Watervliet P.D. of the pursuit and the Colonie Sergeant found the Hyundai crashed right outside Conroy's Bait shop, next to DeLollo's Hardware Store at 7th & 19th.

"I felt terrible,” said another witness who asked not to be identified. “It was one of the most horrible things I've ever seen."


WNYT Staff

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