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Police: Student seriously injured in Schenectady High car-pedestrian crash; Teen driver arrested

Police: Student seriously injured in Schenectady High car-pedestrian crash; Teen driver arrested

Police described the student's injuries as serious
Police: Student seriously injured in Schenectady High car-pedestrian crash; Teen driver arrested
The scene at Schenectady High School Tuesday afternoon
Photographer: Peter Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY -- An 18-year-old Schenectady High School student is hospitalized, and another teen faces charges after a car-pedestrian crash at the school Tuesday.

Schenectady police said the victim was being treated for "possible life-threatening injuries" at Ellis Hospital after the crash, which happened at 12:03 p.m. on an access road behind the school's football field.

Schenectady schools spokeswoman Karen Corona confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the pedestrian is a student at the school.

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Shawn Permal, 17, of Schenectady was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony, and reckless driving, a misdemeanor, as police said he was speeding and driving erratically before the crash, according to the police report.

It was not confirmed as of Tuesday evening if Permal was a student at the school.

The area where the crash happened is sometimes used by students who are allowed to leave school for lunch. Corona said she didn't know whether the student was leaving school for lunch, but she said the accident happened during the first lunch period. 

Permal was being held in Schenectady city lock-up Tuesday night pending his arraignment Wednesday morning in City Court, police said.

No further information was immediately available from either the Police Department or the Schenectady City School District.

 

 

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