Fatal bridge crash followed stabbing
Authorities say one of two men killed in Mid-Hudson Bridge collision involved in Poughkeepsie assault
Authorities say two men, one from Accord, N.Y., the other from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., were killed early Wednesday in a collision that closed the Mid-Hudson Bridge for several hours after the crash. Police said the Poughkeepsie man had just stabbed a woman in the city prior to the accident.
State police at Highland, N.Y., were investigating the crash on U.S. Route 44/state Route 55 at the eastbound entrance to the Mid-Hudson Bridge.
Mark Ashby, 50, of Accord, and Steven A. Vaughan, 31, of Poughkeepsie, were pronounced dead at the scene, state police said Wednesday afternoon.
Shortly after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said, a 2013 Nissan Altima being driven westbound by Vaughan crossed the dividing barrier and struck Ashby’s eastbound 2008 Ford Focus.
A passenger in the Ford Focus, who police did not identify, was taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla with facial and internal injuries.
An investigation determined that Vaughan was involved in a stabbing in the city of Poughkeepsie prior to the accident, state police said.
The assault investigation is being conducted by the city of Poughkeepsie police, who said the driver — identified by state police as Vaughan — was crossing the bridge after stabbing a 39-yearold Hyde Park, N.Y., woman, critically injuring her.
Detective Lt. Matthew Clark of city of Poughkeepsie police did not identify the stabbing victim.
State police say the crash occurred on the Ulster County side of the span.
The bridge was closed in both directions until around 8 a.m. as troopers investigated the crash.
According to city police, at about 2:33 a.m. a Poughkeepsie police officer was pumping gasoline at the Mobil station across from City Hall and observed a vehicle speeding westbound on Mansion Street. Due to road conditions and because a second officer was out of the patrol car, the first officer was unable to follow that speeding car.
The vehicle made a left onto Columbus Drive and headed south toward the Mid-Hudson Bridge.
A short time later, Poughkeepsie 911 received a call reporting a stabbing in front of 130 Mansion St. The same officer from the Mobil gas station responded and found the Hyde Park woman with a stab wound to her neck. She was taken to a local hospital, where she underwent surgery and is listed in “very critical” condition, Clark said.
The description of the vehicle used by the person who was seen fleeing the scene of the stabbing matched that of the vehicle seen by the officer moments earlier speeding on Mansion Street, according to a Poughkeepsie police press release.