BY STEVEN COOK
NISKAYUNA — One man had to be extricated from a car after two vehicles crashed into a Niskayuna house July 3.
The accident happened just before 2 p.m. at Albany Street and Mohrhoff Avenue.
A car struck the corner of the house while a pickup truck hit the side. The occupant of the truck got out on his own, but the driver of the car was trapped.
Responding firefighters from Stanford Heights, with help from Colonie Fire Company, had to cut off the top of the car to get the man out. They cut the four posts, lifted the roof off, then slid him toward the back of the car and onto a waiting stretcher
That man, identified as Niskayuna resident Paul Avery, was taken to Albany Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the truck, identified as John Becker, 42, of Schenectady, was charged with speeding and other charges related to the crash.
He also faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving out of ignition interlock restriction, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.
Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, but speed was, police said.
Becker was driving his truck east when he struck Avery’s car, police said. Avery, who lived across from the house that was struck, had just backed out of his driveway and was turning his car to drive down Mohrhoff Avenue.
Becker tried to avoid Avery, but the two vehicles struck each other and continued on to hit the house. People in the house were not injured and the house was not significantly damaged.
Becker was also taken to the hospital with injuries, police said.
Jasmin Ruiz lives in the house that was struck, which sits on the corner. She was there with her two children when the accident happened and said she heard both impacts. “It shook the whole house,” she said.
She said her family has lived in the house for more than three years.
“This has always been my fear, somebody running into the house,” Ruiz said, “because everybody just flies down the street.”