Fentanyl Found at Site of Broome County One-Car Accident
According to a press release from the Broome County Sheriff's Office, authorities found fentanyl at the site of a one-vehicle crash on State Route 17C in the Town of Union on Friday morning.
According to Broome County authorities, 39-year-old Hector Figeroa was traveling eastbound on State Route 17C in the Town of Union when he drifted across the westbound lanes and hit an embankment and a utility pole. He was found in the driver's seat of a 2013 Mazda sedan following the accident.
Witnesses also told authorities that they saw Figeroa's vehicle swerving before the accident and that he had struck a curb on Hooper Road before the accident occurred.
Figeroa was not wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries during the accident, after which he was transported to Wilson Regional Medical Center. He reportedly had difficulty staying awake while being treated for his injuries before being transferred to the hospital.
When responding to the accident, a Sheriff's Deputy discovered a powdery substance on Figeroa, which was field tested and came back positive for Fentanyl. Figeroa agreed to provide a sample of his blood for analysis, which has not been processed at this time.
As a result of the accident, Figeroa was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, uninspected motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without wearing a safety belt, moving from lane unsafely, and driving left of pavement markings.
He could face additional charges pending the results of the analysis of his blood.