Two-car crash on Route 9 claims one life, others injured

KINDERHOOK—State Police investigated a fatal motor vehicle collision at 3093 State Route 9 near Golden Harvest Farms, November 16 at 10:32 a.m.

The initial investigation revealed that Preston H. Schrader, 86, of Claverack made a left-hand turn onto State Route 9 from a parking lot exit and struck a northbound vehicle.

Valatie Rescue Squad took Mr. Schrader and another person to Albany Medical Center. Mr. Schrader was later pronounced dead there, according to State Police. CCEMS Greenport Rescue took one patient to Albany Memorial Hospital and one patient refused transport by the Chatham Rescue, according to County 911. Firefighters were back in service at 12:31 p.m.

State Police provided no information about whether there were passengers in the Schrader vehicle or the driver or occupants of the vehicle Mr. Schrader hit.

The State Police were assisted on scene by Niverville firefighters, the Valatie and Greenport rescue squads. SP Livingston investigators and Troop K Collision Reconstruction continue to investigate the cause of this collision.

Claverack

Raymond G. Preusser, 66, of Craryville was charged with one count each of forcible touching, second degree sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, all class A misdemeanors, by Livingston State Police investigators in conjunction with Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka’s Office, November 7.

In October, State Police BCI assigned to the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) working in coordination with CAC personnel and the Columbia County Child Protective Services commenced an investigation into a series of incidents that occurred over the course of the past year.

Mr. Preusser was arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear in court December 12.

Greenport

Columbia County 911 Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a one-vehicle accident on Newman Road, just north of Hiscox Road, November 16 at 8:04 p.m.

Deputies found that a 2010 Ford Fusion, operated by Jeremy O. Decker, 26, of Hudson had been traveling south on Newman Road when it went off the pavement on the west side of the road. The vehicle went into a grassy area before striking a rock pile and several trees where it came to rest, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Two people were hurt in this crash on Newman Road, just north of Hiscox Road, Greenport, November 16 at 8:04 p.m. Photo contributed

The driver, Mr. Decker, was extricated from the vehicle by Greenport Rescue Squad and Greenport Fire Department and taken to the Albany Medical Center by the Greenport squad for treatment of an arm injury.

The passenger, Brianne Teator, 20, of Elizaville was also transported by the squad to AMC for head, neck and back injuries.

The investigation is currently in the preliminary stages. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators are looking into speed and alcohol as contributing factors in the accident.

Possible charges are pending and the Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

Greenport Police also assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office at the scene were Sheriff Bartlett, Undersheriff John Davi, Investigator Kris Bauhoff, Sergeant Jeffrey Hofstetter and Deputy Ryen Boehme.

Police agencies join in STOP-DWI effort

HUDSON—Columbia County law enforcement agencies once again join in with state law enforcement agencies in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday season.

While resident travel to celebrate the holiday with friends and family, law enforcement takes to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start November 22 and end November 26. State Police, county and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Columbia County and across the state will be out in force. Research shows that high visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20%.

The STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association and Columbia County STOP-DWI.

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