Two-car crash on Rip Van Winkle Bridge injures three; one driver charged


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Three people were hurt in a crash on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, July 7. Photo contributed

GREENPORT—Three people were taken to area hospitals following a two-vehicle head-on crash on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge (State Route 23), July 7 at 7:59 p.m.

A preliminary investigation by State Police from the Livingston Barracks revealed that a red 2013 Chevrolet sedan driven by Edward Murphy, 59, of Albany was operating erratically as he traveled eastbound across the bridge. Mr. Murphy drove his vehicle across the double yellow lines and into the westbound lane where he struck a 2003 Ford Focus head-on.

A medevac helicopter took the driver of the Ford Focus, Irene Pough, 57, of Catskill to Albany Medical Center, while the passenger in the Ford Focus, Virginia Pough, 29, of Catskill, her daughter, was taken by ambulance, also to Albany Medical Center. Both sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. Read more…

Hudson car goes missing, police locate vehicle and a suspect

HUDSON—City Police arrested Joseph P. Drabick, 35, of Ghent for fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, June 22.

On Saturday, June 18, a resident of Green Street awoke to discover his vehicle was no longer parked in front of his home.

The victim called Hudson Police to report his vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Impala, had been stolen.

Police say the car owner had left the keys in the vehicle. Read more…

Athens girl dies in 23B crash on her graduation day

GREENPORT—A 17-year-old girl from Athens, Greene County, died as a result of a one-car crash on State Route 9G/State Route 23B just east of the Rip Van Winkle bridge at about 6 a.m., Friday, June 24, the same day she would have graduated from high school.

Alyssa Christiana was a senior in the Catskill-Athens High School, according to a report in the Albany Times-Union. Read more…

Van strikes motorcycle on Route 23, killing rider

GREENPORT—A motorcyclist was killed as a result of injuries suffered in a crash with a van on State Route 23 at the intersection with routes 9G/23B, June 18 at 1:06 p.m.

Investigating deputies found that a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Shawn M. Griffin, 46, of Greenport was traveling west on State Route 23, approaching the intersection of state routes 9G/23B.

At the same time, a 1995 Chevrolet van, operated by Michael E. Jornov, 57, of Hunter was traveling east on State Route 23 and turned left onto State Route 9G/23B and into the path of the motorcycle. Read more…