Two local brothers, facing sexual abuse charges, among crash victims


Two local brothers charged last month in a series of sexual assaults on children were injured in an early morning one-car accident on Bentley Road in Kingsbury Sunday morning.

Joseph P. Petty, 18, of Hebron, was transported to Albany Medical Center with critical/life-threatening injuries, according to police. Gordon L. Petty, 20, also of Hebron, who police said was driving in the 1:32 a.m. crash, was taken to Glens Falls Hospital.

There were four others in the car at the time, and all were transported to hospitals. Amber R. Rivers, 19, of Bristol, Vt., who was trapped in the car and criticially injured, was taken to Albany Medical Center. Three others — Dustin H. Shevil and Ashley M. Fleming, both of Granville, and James A. New of Whitehall were taken to Glens Fall Hospital. None of those taken to Glens Falls were listed as patients on Tuesday. Albany Medical Center officials said Fleming remained in critical condition Tuesday. They were unable to provide any information on Petty.

According to police, Rivers had internal and head injuries, Joseph Petty had internal injuries, Fleming and New had back pain, and Shevil had a cut on his arm.

State police said the accident occurred when the car went off the road and hit a tree. The investigation is continuing.

Police said Fleming told them Gordon Petty tried to put on the brakes, but the car did not respond and left the left shoulder of Mattison Road, crossed a lawn and hit the tree. According to police, Gordon Petty said he had recently worked on the brakes on the car but could not remember specifics.

Kingsbury Fire responded to the scene, as did Fort Edward EMS, Fort Ann EMS, Granville EMS and Bay Ridge EMS.

In mid-June, the Petty brothers and a 15-year-old boy were charged in a case involving sexual assault on a child and the investigation is continuing.

Gordon Petty was charged with first-degree sexual abuse by forcible compulsion, a Class B felony and Joseph Petty was charged with a first-degree

criminal sexual act, a Class D felony.



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