SARATOGA SPRINGS – A impaired driver from Corinth ran off Route 50 in Saratoga Springs Wednesday and into a pole, seriously injuring a 7-year-old passenger and injuring another person in the car, police said.
The 7-year-old passenger suffered significant head trauma in the accident and was taken to Albany Medical Center, where the child was listed in critical condition, police said Thursday morning.
The second passenger, 30, was also taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment of a less-severe head injury, police said.
Police identified the driver arrested as Paul Pike, 28, of Corinth. He was uninjured in the crash, but determined to have been impaired.
He now faces multiple felonies, including aggravated vehicular assault causing serious physical injury to a child passenger, police said.
The crash happened just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on Rotue 50, just south of Hutchins Road, police said. The car driven by Pike ran off the east side of the road and hit a utility pole, police said.
Pike also faces driving while ability impaired by drugs, a felony due to two prior convictions, as well as aggravated DWI and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, felonies, and endangering the welfare of a child and circumventing an interlock device, misdemeanors.
Pike was due to be arraigned Thursday.
The Saratoga Springs Fire Department was assisted at the scene by Empire Ambulance. State police and state park police assisted in the investigation.