Arrest made in hit-run fatality
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.