Community responds after teen dies in crash

ANCRAM—A 16-year-old Ancramdale boy was killed when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a tree, July 20 at 7:25 p.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s deputies to a one-vehicle accident in the area of 164 Over Mountain Road, just south of Renger Road.

Deputies found that a 1996 GMC Sonoma pickup truck, operated by the teenager had been traveling west on Over Mountain Road when, for unknown reasons, the truck failed to negotiate a curve, went off the north side of the dirt road and struck a large tree with the driver’s side of the vehicle, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

The 16-year-old, Patrick Sheridan, died at the scene.

There were no other occupants in the truck and the accident is still under investigation by deputies and investigators. Columbia County Coroner James Bertram also responded to the accident and is assisting with the investigation.

Patrick worked at the Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale and would have been a senior this fall at Stissing Mountain High School in Pine Plains.

A message on the Pine Plains Central School District’s website says, “We are saddened to share that we have lost a member of our school community this past weekend via a car accident. Patrick Sheridan was a kind, gentle giant of a boy. We will remember his smile and kind demeanor as well as his willingness to help anyone in need.”

Counselors are available to talk with any students, during school hours Monday through Friday. The message concludes, “Our warmest thoughts and wishes are with the family and his friends.”

The Ancram Fire Company collected $2,100 during a boot drop Saturday, July 21 and will donate all the money to the Sheridan family. In addition, the fire company is starting “a fund to help with any costs the family may incur from the funeral and trying to put their lives back together,” according to a townwide email message from Ancram Fire Chief David Boice. “We will be calling it the Patrick Fund and anyone who would like to donate can either see me personally or send any donations to Ancram Fire Company, P.O. Box 114, Ancram 12502.”

Checks should be made payable to the Ancram Fire Company with “The Patrick Fund” noted on the memo line.

Over Mountain Road was closed for about two hours.

Northern Dutchess Paramedics and Ancram Fire Company assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Captain John DeRocha, Investigator William Dunspaugh, First Sergeant Louis Bray, Sergeant Eli Fieser and Deputy Zachary Sohotra.

Firefighters were still on the scene at 9:26 p.m., according to County 911.

Patrick’s obituary appears on this website.

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