ALBANY, N.Y. - Police in Albany responded to a motorcycle accident on Saturday evening that injured a 14-year-old pedestrian after speeding away from officers while traveling the wrong way down the street.
Police say the accident happened around 7:30 p.m. at Washington Avenue and West Lawrence Street. The motorcycle was traveling north on West Lawrence Street when it traveled across all four lanes of Washington Avenue and struck the teenage boy in the crosswalk.
The teen was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital where he is currently being treated for a fractured orbital bone and collar bone.
The motorcyclist, 39-year-old Michael Preville, 39 of Colonie, sustained a head injury during the collision and was also taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital.
During the course of the investigation, officers learned that Preville was the same motorcyclist that sped off from an officer at Madison Avenue and West Lawrence Street prior to the accident.
An officer previously observed Preville allegedly going the wrong way on Ontario Street and turn left onto Madison Avenue. The officer rolled down his window at the intersection of Madison Avenue and West Lawrence Street in order to advise him that Ontario Street was a one-way. Preville immediately turned onto West Lawrence Street and fled at a high rate of speed.
Given the time of day and the voluminous amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area, the officer chose not to pursue Preville as he fled.
Police say Preville currently has 14 suspensions on his license.
The incident is still under investigation and charges are expected.