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Car slams into Schenectady elementary school

Car slams into Schenectady elementary school

Martin Luther King Elementary School is closed today; to reopen Thursday
Car slams into Schenectady elementary school
Firefighters inspect damage to a classroom at King Elementary in Schenectady after this car drove though a window.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY — A car slammed into Martin Luther King Elementary School early Wednesday morning, forcing the district to close the school for the day.

Classes will resume at the school Thursday, district spokeswoman Karen Corona said. She said the car caused damage primarily to an art classroom and a fifth-grade classroom. The fifth-grade class will be moved to another part of the building, while art classes will be held in other rooms, Corona said.

The car drove through a glass window at the school at around 12:30 a.m. and came to rest inside a classroom.


Pictured: Estevon Tirado, 22, of Schenectady.

Structural engineers visited the school Wednesday and determined the building was safe for classes to resume, Corona said. The damaged part of the building will be closed to students as repair work goes on. Corona said the fifth-grade class will return to its regular room on Monday, and that final repairs to the art classroom will take about two weeks, as the district awaits glass to replace the window.

Estevon Tirado, 22, of Cleveland Avenue, faces one count of second-degree assault, a felony, and the misdemeanors of resisting arrest and obstructing government administration, as well as the violation of marijuana possession.

Tirado is accused of fleeing officers on foot, resulting in a shoulder injury to Sgt. Brian Whipple. The injury required X-rays and medical treatment at Ellis Hospital, according to the police report.

Officers caught up with Tirado and took him in to custody after a brief struggle.


Tirado also faces violations and tickets related to a traffic stop Tuesday evening at Mason Street and Avenue A, records show.

He is accused of failing to obey a traffic device, failing to stop at a stop sign and failing to obey a police officer, all infractions, records show.

Inside his car console, officers found a revolver-style air pistol and marijuana in his jacket pocket, according to the police report.

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