CLAVERACK—The driver of a car being pursued by police was killed in a crash on Route 9H, March 5 at 2:19 p.m.
The driver was a 44-year-old Dutchess County man, David Carman of Dover Plains. Livingston State Police released his name late March 6.
The incident began in the Village of Red Hook, where police deemed the Dutchess County man “a suspicious person” and pulled him over. Police had received a report that a car of the same description as the one the man was driving was stolen from the Millbrook area earlier in the day.
The man sped away from police during the traffic stop. A marked Red Hook Police patrol car gave chase north on Route 9 and crossed into Columbia County where State Police were waiting to attempt rolling roadblocks to slow the fleeing car down.
The man evaded the roadblocks and continued north on Route 9H at a high rate of speed with police in pursuit.
The car crossed the centerline and careened into the path of a southbound dump truck driven by George Duryea, 33, of Nassau. The truck overturned on the west shoulder and Mr. Duryea escaped unharmed.
The car came to rest in the parking lot of Valley Oil on the east side of the highway.
The driver died at the scene.
State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, the Greenport and Philmont rescue squads, Claverack firefighters and Coroner Angelo Nero assisted at the scene.
Livingston State Police continue to investigate.