Fatal­ity sus­pect guilty in sim­i­lar case

Ad­mit­ted driv­ing drunk in July 2000 rollover that killed Rhinebeck man

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Pineiro-Zucker dpzucker@free­manon­line.com di­aneat­free­man on Twit­ter

TOWN OF ESOPUS, N.Y. » A Port Ewen man ac­cused of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol when he struck and fa­tally in­jured a bi­cy­clist Thurs­day evening has a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for a drunken-driv­ing fatal­ity, an Ulster County Sher­iff’s Of­fice cap­tain said Fri­day.

In the Thurs­day in­ci­dent, John J. Ronk, 40, was charged with the felony of ag­gra­vated ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide af­ter the 2004 Nis­san X-Terra he was driv­ing struck a bi­cy­cle on New Salem Road in Esopus about 7:30 p.m., the Sher­iff’s Of­fice said.

The bi­cy­clist, whose name was not im­me­di­ately pro­vided, died later at Health Al­liance Hos­pi­tal’s Broad­way Cam­pus in Kingston.

Ronk was ar­raigned in the Esopus Town Court and sent to the Ulster County Jail with­out bail.

Sher­iff’s Of­fice Capt. Vin­cent Altieri said Ronk had a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle fatal­ity but that he did not know the de­tails. The Freeman’s online archives show a John J. Ronk, 23, of South Mill Road in Rhinebeck, pleaded guilty in Dutchess County Court on Aug. 17, 2000, to ve­hic­u­lar man­slaugh­ter in con­nec­tion with an ac­ci­dent that killed 32-year-old Al­bert J. Glosque, who lived at the same ad­dress as Ronk.

Ronk ad­mit­ted in court that he drank at least 18 beers while he and Glosque were fish­ing on July 4, 2000, and said he lost con­trol of his pickup on the way home af­ter swerv­ing to avoid a deer on Mor­ton Road in Rhine-

beck. The truck rolled over twice, and Glosque was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Ronk was sen­tenced on Oct. 30, 2000, to a max­i­mum of three years in state prison. Pa­trick J. Bai­ley, of the state Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions and Com­mu­nity Su­per­vi­sion, said Fri­day that Ronk was in prison from Novem­ber 2000 un­til July 2002.

A woman named Cas­san­dra Lee Laz­zaro posted on the Ulster County Sher­iff’s Of­fice’s Face­book page Fri­day that she is Ronk’s wife and said he lost his li­cense af­ter the 2000 ac­ci­dent and didn’t get it back un­til three years ago. She also said her “prayers go out” to the fam­ily of the per­son who died Thurs­day.

Ad­di­tional charges against Ronk are pos­si­ble in con­nec­tion with the Esopus ac­ci­dent, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice said Fri­day.

Ronk’s next court date has not yet been sched­uled, Altieri said.


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