Highlands police announced today that they are still investigating Saturday's deadly car accident in West Point, although they have identified the victim of the fatal wreck, a 53-year-old man from Highland Falls. The man and his wife were involved in a T-bone collision at about 11:15 a.m. Saturday morning. The wife was seriously injured in the crash, as was the driver of the other car.
According to a Town of Highlands police report, the wife was driving that morning. As she tried to make a left-hand turn from Stony Lonesome Road onto Mountain Avenue, a white sedan struck the passenger side of the vehicle. Both the husband and wife were rushed to Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point, but the man did not survive his injuries.
The driver of the white sedan appeared to have suffered a concussion but was able to get out of the car without assistance. Police did not believe the four passengers in the white sedan were seriously injured.
Officers had no reason to suspect that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the car accident. All of those involved seem to have been wearing their seat belts.
Police from both the Town of Highland and the New York State Police are investigating the cause of the accident and the Highland Falls man's wrongful death. Highland Falls police and firefighters were also on scene to redirect traffic during the accident investigation. As of today, police have not decided whether any traffic charges will be filed.
Please drive safely.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Names have been withheld to protect the privacy those involved.
- Middletown Times Herald-Record, "1 dead in crash near West Point gate," Doyle Murphy, April 30, 2011
- Middletown Times Herald-Record, "Police identify man killed in fatal Highlands crash," Doyle Murphy, May 4, 2011