This weekend, one person was killed and two were injured in a one-car accident on Pleasant Hill Road in Cornwall, New York. Town police said a 2004 Volkswagen was found overturned in a wooded area around 3:52 a.m. A male passenger, identified as Mihaly Kvacska, 37, of Cornwall, was found ejected from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was extricated by the Cornwall Fire Department and flown to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. A second passenger was treated by the Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps and transported to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. Cornwall Town Police were assisted at the scene by state police, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson Police and the Cornwall Fire Department. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
On Saturday, Town of Montgomery police requested the help of New York State Police to investigate a fatal car crash. The investigation revealed that 32-year-old Dennis Wilson Jr. of Walden was driving west on Route 52 in a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, just west of Rider Road, when he crossed over the double yellow lines and hit a 2006 Hyundai Accent head-on. The driver of the Hyundai, 28-year-old Jason G. Exley of Walden was pronounced dead at the scene. Assisting at the scene were the Town of Montgomery Police Department, Village of Walden Police Department, Walden Fire Department, Mobil Life, Troop F Collision Reconstruction Unit and Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office.Wilson was taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. He remains there where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. As police continued their investigation, they discovered that Wilson was drunk at the time of the crash. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Wilson was arraigned from his hospital bed and remanded to the custody of the Orange County Sheriff Office in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $75,000 bond upon his release from the hospital.
On March 3rd at approximately 2:20 AM, Ellenville police responded to a fire that engulfed the D building of Emerald Pond Estates on Route 209. Arriving officers kicked in doors and woke up sleeping residents. All residents of the 12 affected apartments were evacuated without injury. After all of the residents were safely removed, police and firefighter John Avery Jr. went back into the burning building and saved one family’s dog. Eleven fire companies from Ulster and Sullivan Counties battled the fire for over five hours until it was extinguished. A temporary shelter was established at Ellenville Village Hall for the displaced residents. The American Red Cross is assisting the families, many who have lost everything. A GoFundMe page has also been setup for the families. Sergeant Robert Morse and Officer Ulysses Young were treated for leg injuries and smoke inhalation. “If not for their quick response and heroic actions, there certainty would have been numerous lives lost,” said Ellenville Chief of Police, Phillip S. Mattraction. “Both of these officers kicked in doors and entered smoke filled apartments to evacuate and rescue residents safely from a fully engulfed burning building. They did so without hesitation and without fear for their own lives.”