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Albany DA: Schenectady man given up to seven years in endangerment case; Crashed into Colonie home in 2018

Donald Bender - Credit: Albany County District Attorney's Office

Donald Bender - Credit: Albany County District Attorney's Office

ALBANY – A Schenectady man was sentenced to up to seven years in state prison in a reckless endangerment case that ended in a multi-vehicle crash and the man’s SUV striking a house, according to officials with the Albany County District Attorney’s office.

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Following an earlier trial, Donald Bender, 54, of Schenectady, was convicted of first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony.

On Tuesday, Judge Andra Ackerman Tuesday sentenced him to a total of 2.3 to 7 years in state prison. 

The incident happened June 27, 2018, on Central Avenue in Colonie and ended in the multi-vehicle crash, officials said.

The investigation showed Bender was speeding down Central Avenue when he rear-ended a mini-van in a manner described by witnesses as “smashing into” it while “trying to move it out of the way,” prosecutors said.

The mini-van had to veer into the center lane to let Bender pass.

Then, about 50 feet further, Bender approached a Nissan Altima and started blaring his car horn while driving erratically. He then rear-ended the Altima, causing it to roll over on a fire hydrant.

Finally, Bender lost control of his own vehicle, cut through a lawn and crashed into a house at a speed of 57 mph, prosecutors said. The force of the crash sent the vehicle’s entire engine compartment into the home, officials said.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Wetmore prosecuted.

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