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Vehicular assault charge in Saratoga crash

Vehicular assault charge in Saratoga crash

Crash victim Brittany Chase has "long road to recovery"
Vehicular assault charge in Saratoga crash
Saratoga Springs Police and Fire departments responded to this two-car accident on Route 50 June 7.
Photographer: Erica Miller

SARATOGA SPRINGS  -- A felony vehicular assault charge has been lodged in the June 7 crash near Saratoga Spa State Park that left three people injured, police said Friday.

Lucian Dublea, 40, of Troy, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree vehicular assault, causing serious physical injury, police said. He was arraigned in Saratoga Springs City Court on the felony and two other charges and released without bail.

Shortly after the two-car crash, which occurred at the bridge that carries state Route 50 over railroad tracks, Dublea was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right. The latest charge was filed after an investigation. Dublea and the two people in the other vehicle were seriously injured.

Police spokesman Lt. Robert Jillson said Dublea wasn't arrested until after his release from the hospital, though he did not know the extent of his injuries.

An investigation found that at the time of the 7:45 p.m. crash, a 2008 Honda Accord driven by Dublea was headed south and drifted right into guardrails, police said. The car then crossed over into the northbound lanes, colliding head-on with a 2014 Chevy Cruz.

The driver, 23-year-old Brittany Chase from Greenfield, was seriously injured, as was her passenger, 22-year-old April Molina of Saratoga Springs. The women were returning from a day of hiking, according to family social media posts.

All three people were taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital. Dublea and Chase were flown by helicopter, while Molina was transported by ambulance. All have since been released from the hospital, though a GoFundMe campaign says Chase will need extensive physical rehabilitation for her injuries.

According to the GoFundMe page created by Chase's family, she suffered multiple injuries, including swelling and a bruise on her brain, multiple broken bones, bruising and fractures of her spine, a lacerated liver, and numerous cuts and bruises. The GoFundMe campaign had raised $1,005 as of Friday.

"She has a long road to recovery," Jillson said.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.


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