Head-on Route 22 collision leads to fatality

NORTH HILLSDALE—State Police from the Livingston barracks are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash on State Route 22, that claimed the life of a Hillsdale woman, April 7.

At 1:10 p.m., troopers were dispatched to State Route 22 near Sawyer Road, Austerlitz, for a two car head-on collision with personal injury and entrapment.

An initial investigation indicates a vehicle operated by Gus Segschneider, 69, of Hillsdale was northbound on State Route 22.

At the same time a vehicle operated by Colette A. Sarbib, 75, of Great Barrington, MA, was southbound and crossed over the double yellow line.

The Sarbib vehicle entered the northbound lane where it struck the Segschneider vehicle.

The passenger in the Segschneider vehicle, Donna Segschneider, 63, of Hillsdale, the wife of the driver, died at the accident scene.

A rescue squad took Mr. Segschneider to the Hillsdale Fire station, where he was airlifted by LifeNet helicopter from a landing zone to Albany Medical Center.

The State Police were assisted on scene by Austerlitz and Hillsdale fire departments, Greenport and Community rescue squads and Life Net. Firefighters were back in service at 5:38 p.m.

The entire accident is pending investigation,” State Police Senior Investigator Eric Barnes told The Columbia Paper this week. “This accident appears to be yet another tragic incident on a Columbia County highway. The Austerlitz and Hillsdale firefighters along with EMS personnel from the Copake Community Rescue and Greenport Rescue squads should be commended for their professional work at the scene. The State Police Uniform Troopers and Bureau of Criminal Investigation, along with the NYSP Collision Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate this incident to determine the cause.”

Five days earlier on April 2, a one-car crash on Route 22 in Hillsdale, several miles south of the April 7 accident, took the life of an Ulster County woman.

Copake

Tyrique Robinson, 18, of Philmont was charged with sexual misconduct and forcible touching, both class A misdemeanors, by Sheriff’s Office Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh, March 28 at 1:23 p.m.

This arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit. Mr. Robinson is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with another person without that person’s consent.

He was arraigned in Copake Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in Copake Court April 23.

Craryville

Scott Kraft, 55, of Hillsdale was charged with failure to report child abuse, a class A misdemeanor under the state Social Service Law, and endangering the welfare of a child, a

class A misdemeanor under the state Penal Law, by Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh, March 28 at 11:35 a.m.

As a coach and employee of the Taconic Hills School District, Mr. Kraft is a mandated reporter in accordance with the state Social Service Law. He is accused of failing to report suspected child abuse as mandated. Mr. Kraft’s failure to report his suspicion of child abuse also resulted the endangering charge because the alleged victim in this incident is under the age of 17.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit began the investigation, which resulted in the arrest, March 26. He was issued tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Copake Court April 23.

Livingston

Kyle Coon, 23, of Milan was charged with third degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child under the age of 17 and fourth degree criminal mischief, all class A misdemeanors, by Deputies Joseph Bruno and Jerald Rowell, March 20 at 11:25 p.m.

The arrest is the result of an investigation started February 28 into an incident that took place at a residence on Blue Hill Road in Livingston. Mr. Coon is accused of assaulting another adult in the presence of a child under the age of 17 and while doing so, causing damage to personal property owned by the victim. He was arraigned in Livingston Court and released on his own recognizance, scheduled to appear in Livingston Court April 19.

Ghent

Carrie Marcucci, 42, of Ghent was charged with fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and petit larceny, a class

A misdemeanor, by Deputy Daniel Keyser, March 22 at 7:42 p.m.

Ms. Marcucci is accused of stealing a motor vehicle from a residence on State Route 9H in Ghent January 11. She was located by City of Newburgh Police and turned over to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Ms. Marcucci was arraigned in Greenport Court and is scheduled to return to Ghent Court April 16.

Canaan

State Police in New Lebanon are investigating a runaway youth from the Berkshire Farms Center in Canaan. New Lebanon patrols received reports that Keener Mendez-Estaeban ran away from staff at the center March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Keener Mendez-Estaeban

The youth, age not provided, is described as 5’6″, 150 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, black pants, black hat and black sneakers while possibly traveling on State Route 22.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the youth should contact the State Police Troop K at 845-677-7300.

New Lebanon

State Police from the New Lebanon barracks found a lost “specialized” bicycle on State Route 22, April 4. The bike was located about two miles north of the SP New Lebanon barracks on the shoulder of the road.

Anyone with information regarding the possible owner of this specialized bicycle is asked to contact Trooper Bryan Vandenburgh at 845-677-7300 and refer to SJS# 8167040.

Child’s seats checked

GHENT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Sean’s Run Memorial, plan a Child Passenger Safety Seat Check event, Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Price Chopper parking lot at 2614 Route 66.

Parents and caregivers can receive installation guidance and safety education from nationally certified child passenger safety technicians at no charge.

Child seats will be provided, (while supplies last), to low-income families who have a need for a child safety seat(s) and meet guidelines set by the State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

Call a certified child passenger safety technician at 518-828-3344 for more information or visit the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office website at

www.columbiacountysheriff.us/childseatsafety.html

State Police: Hang up your cell phone

ALBANY—State Police announced a statewide crackdown on distracted driving, as part of April’s designation as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

From Thursday, April 12 to Monday, April 16, troopers in marked and unmarked vehicles will aggressively ticket drivers using handheld devices—like smartphones—during Operation Hang Up.

Current state law includes the following penalties for distracted drivers: first offense, minimum fine of $50 and maximum $200; second offense in 18 months increases the maximum fine to $250; third offense in 18 months results in a maximum fine of $450; probationary and junior drivers face a 120-day suspension of their license for a first offense, and one-year revocation of their permit or license if a second offense is committed within six months.

Operation Hang Up is a special enforcement effort to step up patrols and checkpoints. For more information visitwww.safeny.ny.gov.

Police chiefs honor Troop K leader

SALT POINT—Captain Michael A. Jankowiak, the Troop K Zone 1 Commander, was honored by the Dutchess County Association of Chiefs of Police when he was sworn in as president by Dutchess County Acting Supreme Court Judge Peter M. Forman, January 18.

Captain Jankowiak joined the New York State Police in 1990. He served Troop K as a trooper, sergeant, station commander, and zone sergeant. Upon promotion to lieutenant in 2001, he was assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Troop A at Batavia. When he returned to Troop K he was assigned as the uniform lieutenant in Zone 2 at Wappinger, a position he held until 2008 when he was appointed to the rank of captain, and assigned to field command at division headquarters in Albany.

Captain Michael A. Jankowiak

Captain Jankowiak returned to Troop K as the uniform captain at Poughkeepsie in 2012. In September 2013, he was designated the Zone 1 Commander at Livingston, which encompasses Columbia and northern Dutchess counties.

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