The first full day of testimony Thursday in the trial of a Colonie collision shop owner, who's facing several charges related to a crash a year ago on Sitterly Road in Halfmoon that left a female passenger paralyzed.
Prosecutors say John Cole was drunk when he crashed his car into a tree.
The first witness was Deanna Shapiro, who is now a quadriplegic as a result of the crash.
She was unconscious for a month afterward.
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