Report: Teen killed in August crash in Niskayuna was drunk

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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— The teenage driver killed in a head-on crash in August on Aqueduct Road was intoxicated, police said this week.

Toxicology tests performed showed that 16-year-old Nicholas J. Giovannone’s blood alcohol content was 0.13 percent, Niskayuna police spokesman Detective Sgt. Daniel McManus said. The legal threshold for driving while intoxicated is 0.08 percent.

Police are now working to determine who provided alcohol to the teen, McManus said.

“That’s still being investigated,” McManus said. “We’re enlisting the help of the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department.”

Sheriff Dominic Dagostino confirmed that Wednesday evening. Neither McManus nor Dagostino had a time frame for the conclusion of the investigation.

McManus also said a state police accident reconstruction showed Giovannone was driving “well in excess” of the posted 45 mph speed limit. He did not provide a more specific estimate, however.

The reconstruction report was delivered last month, McManus said. He did not know when the toxicology report came in.

The accident happened about 4 p.m. Aug. 4 on a curve along Aqueduct Road. Giovannone’s car crossed the center line, striking a car driven by 25-year-old Joseph Mormon-Tibbs head-on. Mormon-Tibbs was airlifted to Albany Medical Center with what were described as serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Shortly after the accident, police received reports that Giovannone had been driving erratically on Maxon Road Extension in Schenectady just before the crash. He was not wearing his seat belt, police said.

Giovannone died less than a month short of his 17th birthday and less than three months after receiving his driver’s license, state records indicate. He got his junior license in May.

He was to be a senior this year at Schuylerville High School and at Capital Region BOCES, where he studied heavy equipment operation, according to his obituary. He had been employed at the Kmart in Greenwich since November 2011. He had also been a junior volunteer with the Victory Mills Fire Department for the six months before the accident.

He was the only child of Jerry and Joann Giovannone of Schuylerville. A woman answering the phone Wednesday evening at the Giovannone residence declined to comment.

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