Body of driver accused of stealing National Grid truck, driving it into Troy canal identified

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – One man is dead after police say he stole a National Grid truck and drove it into a canal at the Troy Federal Docks.

Joshua Evans, 21, of Troy, N.Y., is accused of somehow managing to get through a barbed wire fence at the National Grid truck yard, hopping into a truck, backing into a house, and driving recklessly along the canal.

The 9-1-1 call came in just before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

A woman trapped inside her first-floor bedroom at 22 Douw Street. The now boarded up brick wall of her home borders the National Grid property.

“The officers respond here and find a National Grid truck driving around the property,” Troy Police Captain Dan DeWolf said.

Captain DeWolf says officers were both on foot and in patrol cars tried to stop the driver.

“At one point one of the officers is kind of next to the driver and is flagging him down. He said he just didn’t even acknowledge him and kind of took off faster. Immediately after that, he crashed into the fencing on the federal property and went right into the Hudson River.”

New York State Police dive team was called in immediately.

“The divers showed up quickly.”

With the help of three tow trucks, the massive vehicle was then pulled from the canal and towed away with significant front-end damage and a shattered windshield from the impact.

“As far as the identification of the person, he’ll be fingerprinted and talk to people. I don’t believe he had id on him.”

Police say Evans is not a National Grid employee.

NEWS10 ABC’S Sam DiMascio spoke to the brother of the woman who was inside that house that was hit and says she is doing okay.

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