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Troy motorcyclist injured by suspected teenage car thief

It may come as no surprise to the residents of Troy that someone accused of stealing a car would be driving dangerously. If the person had such little concern for the law that he stole a vehicle, it is likely that he wouldn't pay too much attention to the rules of the road that keep everyone in the Albany area safe. At least that is what apparently happened in a recent motorcycle accident.

A 24-year-old motorcyclist is recovering in Albany Medical Center Hospital after he was involved in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 787. There has been no information made available about his condition or whether doctors think he will survive his likely serious injuries. As he struggles to get better, he and his family may consider filing a lawsuit against the teenager whom police believe stole and crashed a 2005 Ford, causing a multi-vehicle accident.

Investigators with the State Police at Troop G said that the teenager had been driving north on Interstate 787 a few minutes before midnight when he smashed into the guide rail several times. Eventually, the car came to a stop in the middle of the road, but three vehicles were unable to avoid the accident, crashing into the Ford.

One of those vehicles was the motorcycle ridden by the 24-year-old from Troy. It is unclear if anyone from the other two vehicles was injured. Two 16-year-olds were also traveling with the alleged car thief, both of whom were injured and treated at the Albany Medical Center. Though they face criminal charges in connection with the car theft, it does not appear that they were responsible for the accident.

Source: Albany Times Union, "Stolen car crashes, motorcyclist injured," Robert Gavin, May 12, 2012

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