Ar­rest made in hit-run fa­tal­ity

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

A Kingston man has been charged with man­slaugh­ter in the Sept. 23 hit-and-run ac­ci­dent that claimed the life of a city woman, city po­lice said Fri­day.

Khalil Wa­heed, 24, of 112 Moun­tain View Ave., was sent to the Ul­ster County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail after his ar­rest and ar­raign­ment Thurs­day.

Ashlee Crescione, 23, also of Kingston, died three days after she was dragged by a ve­hi­cle and fell to the ground, strik­ing her head. The ve­hi­cle fled after the in­ci­dent, which hap­pened on Bruyn Av­enue, near El­men­dorf Street, in Mid­town Kingston.

Wa­heed’s lawyer, Michael Pol­lok of Red Hook, said Fri­day the al­le­ga­tions against his client are “bare bones.”

“There’s noth­ing in the com­plaint to con­nect

my client to this tragedy,” Pol­lok said. “Let the case take its course, and we’ll see what the ev­i­dence is.”

Pol­lok said the in­ci­dent “seems like a drug deal gone bad.”

He did not say who might have been in­volved in the al­leged deal,

whether his client was present when the fa­tal ac­ci­dent oc­curred or if Wa­heed knew Crescione.

The at­tor­ney said Wa­heed is sched­uled for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing at 10:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day in City Court.

The max­i­mum sen­tence for a man­slaugh­ter con­vic­tion is 15 years in pri­son.

About 4:20 p.m. Sept. 20, Kingston po­lice of­fi­cers re­sponded to a “pos­si­ble

dispute” in­volv­ing Crescione and a man be­lieved to have been at the scene of the in­ci­dent, po­lice said pre­vi­ously. When of­fi­cers ar­rived, they found Crescione ly­ing in the road with a se­vere head in­jury. She died three days later at Al­bany Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

At some point, the man went to his parked mini­van and started to leave the area, po­lice said. As

the ve­hi­cle was leav­ing, they said, Crescione was dragged a short dis­tance and fell to the ground, strik­ing her head. Po­lice said it was un­clear whether she got caught on the ve­hi­cle or was hold­ing on to it.

In a de­scrip­tion of their sus­pect pro­vided by po­lice on Sept. 28, they said he was de­scribed by wit­nesses as white and “pos­si­bly in his twen­ties of

early thir­ties, with dirty blond hair, pierc­ing blue eyes and wear­ing a white tee shirt.”

On Fri­day, Pol­lok noted Wa­heed “has brown hair and dark eyes.”

Kingston Po­lice De­tec­tive Lt. Thierry Crozier de­clined to com­ment Fri­day about that dif­fer­ence in ap­pear­ance but said, “I’m con­fi­dent in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion as it is go­ing so far, and it is con­tin­u­ing.”

Crozier did not say what led po­lice to Wa­heed.

On Feb. 11, 2015, Crescione was struck and in­jured by a CSX freight train as she walked next to the tracks just south of the Boices Lane cross­ing in the town of Ul­ster and didn’t get out of the way in time.

Crescione

Wa­heed

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