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Driver Flees After Crashing Into Tree in Delmar

By THOMAS MARRA , Correspondent | July 26, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 081321111

DELMAR, NY - One person has been charged after fleeing the scene of a crash in Delmar on Monday, July 26th. Emergency crews were dispatched to the area of 320 Elm Ave. around 11:05 P.M. for several calls of a vehicle that had crashed into a tree that was possibly smoking as well.

The 2002 Dodge pickup truck was traveling northbound on Elm Avenue when it left the roadway and struck a tree, hit two mailboxes and came to a rest after striking a second tree, according to a report from Bethlehem Police.

Delmar and Slingerlands Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene with Bethlehem Police, Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, Albany County Paramedics, with the assistance of New York State Police. Fire crews secured the battery to the vehicle while EMS was waiting to find a patient.

Police said the driver fled on foot prior to the arrival of first responders, but a description was given to them by a witness. The driver, later identified as a 23-year-old Delmar man, turned himself in to the Bethlehem Police Station at 6:00 A.M. the following morning. The driver was issued tickets for unsafe lane change and leaving the scene of a property damage accident, according to the report.

Elm Avenue was shut down in the area from Feura Bush Road and at Route 32.

Police say the driver appeared to be the only occupant in the vehicle and there were no injuries reported.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.