Schenectady

Schenectady resident injured in crash Thursday night, city clock damaged

The pedestal clock at the corner of Broadway and State Street in Schenectady lies on its side after being struck by an SUV shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday. The female driver was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment. She was also charged with DWI, police said.
PHOTOGRAPHER:

The pedestal clock at the corner of Broadway and State Street in Schenectady lies on its side after being struck by an SUV shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday. The female driver was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment. She was also charged with DWI, police said.

A city resident was taken to Albany Medical Center Thursday with unspecified injuries after she crashed her vehicle into the sidewalk in downtown Schenectady, leveling a city-owned pedestal clock, police said.

Norma Peguero, 28, of Schenectady was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation and reckless driving, misdemeanors, police said. She also received nine traffic tickets.

Police responded around 10:50 p.m. to the intersection of State and Jay streets to find a vehicle had rolled onto its roof, said Officer Pat Irwin, the public information officer for the city. Peguero had been observed speeding east at a high rate on State Street, Irwin said. He said Peguero ran a red light at State Street and Broadway before driving up on the sidewalk near Bow Tie Cinemas and striking a decorative city-owned clock. The collision caused the vehicle to roll over and slide into the area of State and Jay streets, he said.

Peguero, who was the only person in the car, was extricated by Schenectady firefighters and transported to Albany Medical Center. Irwin did not have details on the nature of Peguero’s injuries.

Mayor Gary McCarthy said the city doesn’t know the cost of damage to the clock. He said the city is putting in an insurance claim and getting estimates on the damage. It’s unclear if any parts of the clock are salvagable at this moment, he said.

He said it will be some time before the city knows what the damages are and the cost. The clock has been in that area for at least a decade, he said.

A similar clock can be found just north of Alltown Fresh on Erie Boulevard.

Categories: News, Schenectady County

Leave a Reply