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Driver of vehicle that crashed into Cravings identified

Drugs, alcohol not a factor in accident

A car ran into Cravings Bakery & Cafe on West Fulton Street in Gloversville on July 5, causing extensive damage. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

GLOVERSVILLE — The city man accused of crashing his vehicle into Cravings Bakery& Cafe last month was recently arraigned in City Court on charges of third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and reckless driving.

Joshua Hickok, 29, of Gloversville, was arraigned in City Court before Judge Traci DiMezza on July 27 on misdemeanor counts of third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and reckless driving filed in connection to the July 5 motor vehicle accident at Cravings Bakery & Cafe.

Police were dispatched to Cravings located at 87 W. Fulton St. on July 5 at approximately 3:19 a.m. for a reported motor vehicle accident after a vehicle operated by Hickok struck the building and a small bridge over the Cayadutta Creek located to the east of the structure.

The accident was called in by the passenger of the vehicle who was able to exit the significantly damaged vehicle on their own while the Hickok remained trapped inside. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Both Hickok and the passenger of the vehicle sustained significant injuries as a result of the accident and were airlifted to Albany Medical Center. The passenger was later discharged while Hickok was briefly hospitalized in stable condition.

Lt. Brad Schaffer, public information officer for the Gloversville Police Department, on Thursday said investigating officers determined the crash was the result of Hickok’s reckless driving. Drugs and alcohol were not involved.

“Reckless driving related to excessive speed immediately prior to the accident and general unsafe operation of the vehicle,” said Schaffer. “He has not been charged with alcohol or drugs being a factor in the accident.”

In addition to the misdemeanor charges, Schaffer said police also issued Hickok 10 separate uniform traffic tickets related to vehicle offenses and the accident.

Following his arraignment, Hickok was released on his own recognizance and the case was adjourned until his next scheduled City Court appearance on Monday at 9 a.m.

Prior to the July 5 accident, Cravings Bakery & Cafe was preparing to reopen on July 13 after temporarily shutting down in March due to the coronavirus. On the morning of the accident, owner Ashley Tauss announced on the Cravings Facebook page that plans for reopening the bakery were on hold due to the damage the accident caused to the building.

In subsequent Facebook posts, Tauss has said she is working with involved insurance companies and hoping to repair the building that was more significantly damaged than it appeared in photos.

The force of the impact reportedly caused the building to shift, damaging the building’s foundation and causing the roof to begin to buckle. The crash also destroyed an outdoor patio, portions of the building’s floor, windows and various items and equipment that were thrown to the floor.

Community members have shown an outpouring of support for Cravings and Tauss over social media following the accident. Tauss has repeatedly thanked the community for their kindness and patience as she works to reopen the bakery in the future.

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