Mother seeks mental health services after son crashes into stolen vehicle

Police investigate a car theft that ended in an accident in Washington and Third Street in Troy.
The victim’s father tells us his teenage son was held at gunpoint by another teenager who stole his car and drove off.

The driver’s mother, Tasheca Medina, told Newschannel 13 that some details of the crash are a bit sketchy. She says that to her knowledge, no weapons have been recovered, but since this accident is still under investigation, we have not discussed details.

The police tell us around 10 p.m., Wednesday, September 7ethey received a call about a stolen vehicle.
Officers say while trying to stop the driver he kept going until he crashed into another car then hit a trailer which tipped the driver’s car ending on Washington and the 3rd street.

Medina says it all when she heard about the car overturning, she stopped whatever she was doing. “I immediately got down on my knees and started to pray,” she says. No mother should ever have to go through what I went through last night, and I really feel like it could have been avoided if someone had listened to my pleas for help for my son.

Tasheca tells me her son left with just a scratch, but he’s still being held. She goes on to say that over the past 18 months he has seen many of his friends die at the hands of gun violence.

She says she advocated for mental health resources and tried to get help from the Rensselaer Family Court, the Rensselaer County District Attorney and the CPS. “We have an epidemic in Troy and no one is helping them and locking them up is not the solution,” she said.

Tasheca tells us she doesn’t wish this on any parent and is advocating not just for her son, but for all parents who are going through something and need help.

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