SCHENECTADY — Tuesday’s crash into the Blue Ribbon Restaurant was the result of “human error” and the driver has been issued traffic summonses, police said today.
Police identified the driver as 87-year-old Harold Gilbert, of Niskayuna. He was cited for unsafe backing and imprudent speed. The investigation is continuing.
In all, police said five people were taken to the hospital as a result of the noontime crash Tuesday. The most serious injury was to a 72-year-old woman from Albany. She was struck by the car and partially pinned between the car and building. She continued to be listed in stable condition today, police said.
Three people inside the diner suffered minor injuries, a 77-year-old man, a 74-year-old woman and a 57-year-old woman, police said. They were taken to Ellis Hospital for minor injuries. Police also did not release the names of any of the individuals injured.
Gilbert was also taken for treatment, police said. Fire officials put the total number injured Tuesday at seven.
The crash happened just after noon at the diner on State Street. Police said it appeared that the driver was parked in the single handicapped spot in the front of the restaurant. The driver began to back out, striking the 72-year-old walking in the parking lot. The vehicle then continued on and crashed into the side of the restaurant.
The 72-year-old was identified Tuesday by a woman at the scene as Helen Procino.
The woman ended up being pinned between the top of the vehicle and the restaurant’s exterior wall. She was taken to Albany Medical Center.