Cobleskill student facing charges in crash

6 injured in Feb. 18 accident; 2 passengers remain hospitalized

Monday, March 4, 2013
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— Police have charged a teenage motorist with reckless driving and unsafe speed following an investigation into a one-car crash that injured her and her five passengers Saturday afternoon.

All six are SUNY-Cobleskill students. Two remained hospitalized Monday.

The accident happened when Jasseline Pena, 18, of Brooklyn, was eastbound on state Route 7 just west of the Schenectady County line and lost control, according to Trooper Mark Cepiel, a state police Troop G spokesman.

The 2001 Volkswagen four-door sedan hit the shoulder and flipped over twice, ejecting two passengers before it came to a rest upright.

Pena, who suffered head contusions in the crash, was issued tickets for reckless operation and unsafe speed, Cepiel said.

Imani Danielson, 18, and Francesca Carvajal, 18, both from the Bronx, remained at Albany Medical Center Hospital on Monday afternoon. Both were listed in fair condition.

Danielson suffered a head injury, facial cuts and a broken leg, and Carvajal suffered a broken leg, rib and back injuries, according to police.

Both are expected to miss school for this week leading up to spring break, which starts March 9, according to college spokeswoman Diane Dobry.

The other passengers were Nyiboul Akol, 19, of Nedrow; Brandon Douglas, 19, of Brooklyn; and Dionaise Carty, 19, of the Bronx.

All three were treated and released from the hospital.

Cepiel said the accident report showed no hazardous weather conditions — the road was dry and it was cloudy.

Pena was issued tickets returnable April 1 in the town of Duanesburg.

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