Driver sentenced for fatal crash
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The man who was driving a stolen SUV and caused a fatal crash in Albany back in October was sentenced to seven and a half to 15 years in prison.
According to the Albany County District Attorney's Office, Jacob Hooper, 30, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter for the death of David Concordia.
The incident started on North Manning Boulevard on Oct. 30 when officers attempted to pull over Hooper who was driving an SUV with Arizona license plates that matched the description of a vehicle that was reported stolen.
Hooper refused to stop and began driving recklessly, so the officers ended the pursuit at the intersection of North Manning and North Main.
According to police, the SUV continued, turned onto North Main and crossed Washington Avenue. It then approached the intersection at Western Avenue and ran through a red light, broadsiding a BMW. The force pushed both vehicles onto the sidewalk and front lawn of the house on the corner.
Hooper got out of the vehicle and took off running but was caught in a backyard on Morris Street and taken into custody.
The occupants of the BMW, David Concordia and his son Patrick, 18, had to be extricated from the car by firefighters. They were taken to Albany Medical Center where David Concordia died from his injuries. His son was treated for minor injuries and released.
Concordia's wife and son gave impact statements during the sentencing.