Driver in high-speed Rotterdam crash charged with DWI

April 24, 2018 12:41 PM

ROTTERDAM - The driver involved in a high-speed crash in Rotterdam early Tuesday morning is now charged with driving while intoxicated. As of early Tuesday afternoon, all three people in the car remained at Albany Medical Center in critical condition.

On any given day, the area where the crash happened is one of the busier in the Capital Region – Altamont Avenue and Curry Road in Rotterdam.

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It was early Tuesday morning around 1:15 that Rotterdam Police say a car came flying up the road and slammed into a retaining wall between Gabriel's and the Dunkin' Donuts.

Once the driver, 27-year old Michael Edwards of Schenectady and the two female passengers, ages 25 and 31, were removed, all that remained of the Infiniti was a mangled and crumpled mess.

The posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour. Police estimate the car was going almost double that when it passed an officer minutes before on Altamont Avenue. However, police had not turned on the overhead lights yet.

"The officer did have intentions of stopping the vehicle, but due to its high rate of speed even prior to seeing the car, he was unable to even see where the vehicle had went at that point," said Lt. Jeffrey Collins with Rotterdam Police.

The retaining wall is sturdy and deep, put in several years ago to withstand heavy traffic at the drive-thru. Meantime, Gabriel's Market has been there for generations. They've seen plenty of accidents at this intersection, but rarely in their own parking lot.

"Traveling at that rate of speed with a bend in the road, it appears that he either lost control or didn't realize the street was turning to the right," said Collins.

Witnesses say they can't believe anyone survived.

Edwards was airlifted to Albany Medical Center. He's charged with DWI. The two women were taken there by ambulance.

"At this point, we believe that the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated by alcohol and the investigation into that is continuing," said Collins.


Alyssa Plock

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