Saratoga Springs Man Arrested for Charges Stemming from Summertime Accident

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A Saratoga Springs man is facing assault, drug, and drunk driving charges after police have concluded their investigation into an accident that occurred in Clifton Park, New York this past summer.

On August 22, 2013 25-year old Daniel Stack was involved in a two-car accident at 12:13pm west of Nott Road on State Route 146.  In a written release authorities say the driver of the other car “suffered serious physical injuries as a result of the accident.”

During the initial rescue and investigation by emergency response teams Route 146 was closed in Clifton Park between Nott Road and Blue Barns Road for more than four hours.  At the time police issued a release stating that “charges are expected to be filed upon the conclusion of the investigation.”

New York State Police now say that Stack had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10-percent as well as marijuana in his blood while driving.  He was headed westbound in his 2009 Honda Civic when he allegedly crossed over the double solid line, hitting a 2007 Camry head-on.

The driver of the Camry was identified as 63-year old Ertugrul Berkcan from Clifton Park. Both Stack and Berkcan had to be extricated from their cars and flown by LifeNet Helicopter to Albany Medical Center.

In addition to troopers, the Rexford, Jonesville, Vischer Ferry, and Niskayuna Fire Departments, along with Clifton Park Halfmoon Ambulance, were involved at the scene of the August accident.

Stack was arrested on December 6th for felonious vehicular assault, drunk and impaired driving, and drug possession.  He was released and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Clifton Park Court on December 11, 2013.


Fatal crash in Saratoga Springs

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — A man is killed in a crash in Saratoga Springs.

The Quake Springs fire chief says it happened around 5 p.m. on Sunday. He said Thomas Pravada, 51, crashed along Route 9P on Saratoga Lake.

Pravada died at the scene, and was the only person the car. Investigators say the victim was speeding.

woman ticketed in fatal crash

SARATOGA SPRINGS A Massachusetts woman was ticketed in the Aug. 25 accident that killed a motorcyclist on Route 9 near Saratoga Spa State Park, city police said Tuesday.

Deborah Powell was driving northbound in an SUV when she attempted to turn left at a traffic light into the park’s east-west road and ran into the path of a southbound motorcycle operated by Christopher Thomas, 26, of Troy, who died at the scene.

Powell, who was going to pick up her children after a Saratoga Performing Arts Center concert was ticketed for failure to yield right-of-way. A court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 25.

She was driving less than 5 mph when the accident occurred, police said.Thomas was driving the motorcycle without a license, which had been suspended.

A small amount of alcohol was found in his system, but it was well below the legal limit for driving, police said.

His motorcycle hit Powell’s car near the rear passenger-side tire and was traveling about 54 mph upon impact, although there was a 130-foot skid mark before the crash site, police said. The speed limit is 55 mph where the accident took place.

Police waited to obtain results of a New York State Police crime lab toxicology report before releasing details about the accident.

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Police: Homeless man steals car; charged with DWI

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Updated: Monday, July 22 2013, 11:52 AM EDT
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Police say a homeless man was allegedly drunk when he stole a car and got into an accident.

Saratoga Springs Police say on Sunday afternoon 44-year-old Manuel Olmo stole a car from the area of 28 Jefferson Street, was involved in an accident and fled the scene.

The car was located a few blocks away on Cottage Street.  Olmo was arrested.

He is charged with vehicular assault, assault, criminal mischief, unlicensed operation, and driving while intoxicated.Police: Homeless man steals car; charged with DWI

Woman in Saratoga Springs car-pedestrian crash dies

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A woman died of her injuries Friday after she was hit and then run over by a pickup truck as she crossed Ballston Avenue, city police said.

The woman, who was about 50, was using the crosswalk at the intersection of Ballston Avenue and Hamilton Street at 3:38 p.m. when a Ford F250 Super Cab pickup driven by Paul Nicholson II, 28, of Saratoga Springs turned right off Hamilton Street and hit her, city Police Lt. John Catone said.

The woman’s name was not released pending notification of relatives.

The victim was unconscious when police arrived. She was taken to Saratoga Hospital with serious head and chest injuries, then sent by ambulance to Albany Medical Center, where she died.

Nichols was charged with felony first-degree vehicular manslaughter and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Catone said more charges could arise as the investigation proceeds. As of 9:30 p.m., Nicholson was awaiting arraignment in City Court.