State Police investigate fatal two-car crash

STUYVESANT—State Police are investigating a two-car fatal collision that occurred in the vicinity of 2198 State Route 9, September 13 at a 2:58 p.m.

Police report that Harriet M. Simpkins, 85, of Kinderhook was driving south in a 2003 Toyota Camry when her vehicle veered into the northbound lane for an unknown reason and struck a 2013 Toyota Camry operated by Rahmal Spann, 28, of Hudson head-on.

Kinderhook firefighters and the Valatie Rescue Squad with mutual aid from the Chatham Rescue Squad were called to the scene.

Ms. Simpkins was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Mr. Spann, a 14-year-old male passenger, a 9-year-old male passenger and a 5-year-old male passenger were all taken to Albany Medical Center. Three traveled by ambulance, one by helicopter.

The 14-year-old suffered minor injuries. The 9-year-old child suffered severe injuries to his extremities. The 5-year-old boy is in critical condition with a head injury.

The 9 and 5-year-old boys were admitted to Albany Medical Center. Mr. Spann is related to all the boys and the 5-year-old is his son, according to State Police spokesperson Trooper Melissa McMorris.

Stuyvesant Falls firefighters supplied mutual aid to assist with traffic control and to set up a helicopter landing zone. Stuyvesant firefighters assisted with traffic control.

Route 9 was closed between the Kinderhook Village line and Sunnyside Road, Stuyvesant until 7:04 p.m. when firefighters cleared the scene.

Trooper McMorris said that is not known why Ms. Simpkins crossed into the opposite lane and anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call 845 677-7300 and ask for the Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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