An Albany man died early Tuesday morning after crashing a stolen car through a guardrail and damaging a bank, police said.
Police said an officer clocked the driver going 95 mph on Western Avenue near Crossgates mall, but did not pursue him. The driver crashed a short time later, police said.
The driver of the car, Cory Ash, 23, had to be extricated from the vehicle. Paramedics took him to Albany Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The crash happened at about 12:40 a.m. at the corner of Western Avenue and Schoolhouse Road.
Ash appeared to have tried to make the sharp turn from Western to the Interstate 87 ramp, but lost control, police said. The car went through the guardrail, rolled and came to rest upright in the Citizens Bank parking lot. The car’s engine continued on and embedded in the building.
The owner of the car Ash drove reported it stolen a short time before the crash, police said.
An Albany police spokesman said the victim told police that he’d left the car running, unattended with keys inside in the 400 block of Madison Avenue.
Guilderland police first spotted the car on Western Avenue at Crossgates. The officer caught the car on radar going 95 mph. The officer chose not to pursue him, but tried to find the vehicle on Western Avenue into Albany. Guilderland police also notified the Albany and SUNY Albany police departments.
Police received notification of the crash soon afterward.
The McKownville Fire Department responded and extricated Ash. Guilderland EMS and Western Turnpike Rescue Squad treated him and transported him to Albany Medical Center.
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