A Car Thief Crashes At An Intersection Wrecks Havoc Along Interstate 281
Although in New York City, police are no longer responding to accidents involving only property damage, the drivers are still required to make those reports themselves. In other areas of New York State, police are still responding to all accidents. New York State law states that when involved in an accident involving another vehicle, pedestrian, fixed object or animal, drivers have an obligation to report. Driving away from an accident with simple property damage may be just a traffic citation. However, leaving the scene of an accident that involves injuries can be a misdemeanor crime. If the injuries are serious, the charge can be upgraded to a felony.
WXHC reports that a stolen car was crashed at an intersection in Homer, sending two people to the hospital.
The crash occurred on the morning of April 15th at the intersection of State Routes 90 and 281.
According to police, 33-year-old Matthew Clemons stole a pickup truck from a tire shop in Courtland. He then fled west on Groton Avenue towards SR-281. After receiving complaints about a reckless driver on Kinney Gulf Road, police responded to the incident.
The driver continued on Route 90 at speeds of 50 m.p.h. where he ran a traffic signal and hit another pickup truck at the intersection. The driver of that truck was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
After the crash with the pickup truck, Clemons continued dring, snapping off a metal power pole and street signs. His vehicle then overturned and came to a rest against a tree in the front of a lawn.
Clemens was ejected from the vehicle and was discovered by police some 60 feet away from the overturned truck in a neighbor’s yard.
He was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries and is facing charges from both Courtland City Police and Homer Police.