Community pitching in after teen's accident

Local photographer's equipment destroyed after June crash

Six weeks ago, Mitchell Joyce was plotting out a big summer for his burgeoning photography business, as he booked weddings, senior photos, personal photo shoots and other events. Then, on a sunny June afternoon, all of that changed in an instant.

On June 9, the New Scotland 19-year-old suffered serious injuries when he crashed his car into a tree on Depot Road as he drove home from dropping his girlfriend off at work.

I was thinking, 'I'm a little tired, I'll probably take a nap when I get home, he said. "I just remember waking up in an instant, and they were tearing the car apart. It was crazy."

Joyce had fallen asleep at the wheel, drifted off the road and slammed into a tree. Firefighters and medics had to cut his Suzuki to pieces to get him out of it, and he was airlifted to Albany Medical Center with deep cuts, shattered bones and a collapsed lung.

A month later, he's still in a wheelchair but is slowly regaining mobility. Luckily, perhaps even amazingly, his injuries are expected to heal after several surgeries and over a week in the hospital, though he still has a lot of rehabilitation to get through. Despite all this, he's taking everything in stride.

"I'm looking at another month of not being able to put weight on my feet, but things have gotten a lot better," he said recently. "I'll be back to 100 percent hopefully in a couple of months."


Mitchell Joyce

Less fortunate was that Joyce's hobby, passion and livelihood was riding along with him in the car: thousands of dollars worth of photography equipment.

Joyce first got into the visual arts as a student at Voorheesville Middle School, and after graduating in 2010 he launched himself full-time into photography, starting up his own studio and freelancing on a whole variety of jobs. He has photographed every Voorheesville graduation since 2007 and become fairly well known in the community. In fact, after being wheeled into the ER, Joyce recognized one of his doctors because he shot his wedding.

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