Gloversville Police: Tickets issued to driver in May crash that left bicyclist in critical

GLOVERSVILLE – Tickets have been issued in connection with a May car-bike crash that left a bicyclist in critical condition, police said Wednesday.

Police issued the driver, identified as Ashley M. Ward, age and city of residence not immediately available, traffic citations of unreasonable speed and failure to exercise due care.

The crash happened just before 6 p.m. May 17 on East Fulton Street, near Fox Street, police said then. The car had been traveling east, while the bicyclist was traveling west, police said at the time.

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The bicyclist, who was not identified, suffered injuries described by police as significant. He was ultimately airlifted to Albany Medical Center for treatment in critical condition. A release Wednesday on the citations did not provide an update on the bicyclist.

Police issued the citations to Ward after an investigation that included help from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office’s Collision Reconstruction Unit due to the severity of the injuries to the bicyclist, police said.

The unit conducted additional skid tests in June in the area where the accident happened. The results then showed the vehicle operator, Ward, was driving in excess of the posted 30 mph speed limit, police said.

Police then consulted with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and they determined Ward would be issued the two citations.

Ward is to appear in court later.

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