SCHENECTADY — A motorist died after crashing into a building following a high-speed pursuit by police Thursday night.
Authorities identified the driver as Zaquan M. Rucker, 30, of Albany.
The pursuit began shortly before 9 p.m. when a county sheriff's deputy license plate reader issued a notification that a vehicle they had passed had a suspended registration for no insurance, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The driver accelerated his car before deputies put on their emergency lights and sirens. The motorist led police on a high-speed pursuit for about a half-mile on Veeder Avenue before crashing into the side of Mohawk Opportunities on Nott Terrace.
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Firefighters work to remove the driver, now deceased, from a BMW after it crashed into 201 Nott Terrace in Schenectady on Thursday night, November 14, 2019.
The motorist, who was the vehicle’s lone occupant, was transported to Ellis Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Mohawk Opportunities on Friday appeared to incur minor exterior damage and one portion of the wall was boarded off.
William McFarline, who lives next door, wasn’t home at the time of the crash. But said he was glad to have skirted danger, noting the 2018 mudslide displaced him and his family for 23 days.
“I’m just glad it wasn’t my house,” he said.
The investigation is being conducted by the state police.