Fentanyl found at Broome County car crash site

According to a news release from the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, authorities found fentanyl at the site of an accident involving a vehicle on State Road 17C in the town of Union on Friday morning.

According to Broome County officials, Hector Figeroa, 39, was traveling eastbound on State Road 17C in the town of Union when he drifted onto 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 crash.

Witnesses also told authorities they had seen Figeroa’s vehicle swerve before the crash and hit a curb on Hooper Road before the accident happened.

Figeroa was not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries in the accident, after which he was transported to Wilson Regional Medical Center. He reportedly struggled to stay awake as he was treated for his injuries before being transferred to hospital.

In response to the crash, a sheriff’s deputy discovered a powdery substance on Figeroa, which was field tested and came back positive for fentanyl. Figeroa has agreed to provide a sample of his blood for analysis, which has not yet been processed.

Following the crash, Figeroa was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, operating an uninspected motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without wearing a seat belt, leaving the lane in an unsafe manner, and driving on the left of lane markings.

He could face additional charges while awaiting the results of his blood test.

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