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Testimony continued Friday in collision shop owner trial

Testimony continued Friday in collision shop owner trial

Day two of trial involving driver in March 2017 Halfmoon crash that left woman paralyzed
Testimony continued Friday in collision shop owner trial
John Cole
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HALFMOON — John Cole, the owner of a chain of area collision shops, was driving at speeds of up to 80 mph on March 11, 2017, before his car slammed into a tree in Halfmoon, according to court testimony Friday.

Cole, of Clifton Park, is facing second-degree assault, second-degree vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving charges in connection with the crash on Sitterly Road that left one of his passengers, Deanna Shapiro, paralyzed. Shapiro testified in Saratoga County Court on Thursday.  

On Friday, New York State Police Investigator Jeremy Shultis, of the Troop G Collision Reconstruction Unit, testified Friday about what the crash investigation revealed.

Shultis said Cole's BMW was travelling as fast as 80 mph before it left the road. State police previously said Cole had a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent at the time of the crash.

Shultis added that the pedal for the accelerator was "all the way down" before the car crash occurred. 

"The driver did not press the brake pedal with his foot," he said Friday to the court. 

Cole, owner of five Cole's Collision Centers in the region, is being represented by Cheryl Coleman. The prosecutor in the case is Assistant District Attorney Katherine DeMartino.

The trial is expected to continue on Monday.

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