Pastor shifts focus to families of minors involved in stolen minivan fatal crash

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A hopeful message that a stolen car was found ended in tragedy.

A Schenectady family reported two cars stolen a week ago. One of the vehicles, a Ford Freestar, was involved in a fatal crash on Sunday. Police were in pursuit of the vehicle before the accident, but they said the crash was not a result of the chase as it had ended prior to the accident.

Pastor Dwight Moore spotted his stolen minivan on the news. It was upside down and mangled after it crashed into a utility pole on Central Avenue near Route 155 in Colonie.

“They said they saw on the news this accident, and they said, ‘Pastor, I think that’s your car,’” Moore said.

Moore, however, isn’t worried about the car. He’s worried about the family of Akbar Perkins, the 17-year-old driver who died at the scene of the accident. Two passengers, both minors, were taken to Albany Medical Center with serious injuries.

On July 10, Moore stepped out of his Schenectady home to head to church at Clifton Park Assembly of God. But he found his minivan and Honda CR-V were missing.

“We’re over here and looking over there, which is exactly where the vehicles would have been parked,” he said.

Friends stepped in to offer rides and raise money for the family of nine.

“The Moores have helped so many,” longtime friend Kathleen Mancuso said. “I knew that people would want to give to them to help them replace those cars.”

But now the focus has shifted to the families of the young people involved in the accident. Moore said he’d rather still be looking for his van.

“They’re going through a much greater loss and probably greater challenge than we are, so we just pray God will be gracious to them as he’s been so good to us,” he said.

Police have not said whether they have been able to interview the two passengers involved in the crash. Authorities are also still looking for the stolen Honda CR-V.

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