Fa­tal bridge crash fol­lowed stab­bing

Au­thor­i­ties say one of two men killed in Mid-Hud­son Bridge col­li­sion in­volved in Pough­keep­sie as­sault

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

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.

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