Hudson couple dies in head-on crash in Greene County

NEW BALTIMORE—A head-on crash on State Route 9W left a Hudson couple dead.

September 14 at 10:11 a.m., State Police from Troop F responded to State Route 9W, about 3/10 of a mile north of State Route 144 in Greene County, for a report of a collision involving two vehicles.

An investigation revealed that a 2014 Dodge pick-up truck operated by William Steele, 31, of Hannacroix was traveling southbound on State Route 9W when he drove into the northbound lane to pass traffic that had slowed down.

He struck a northbound 2014 Dodge Caravan head-on. The driver of the Caravan, Charles Woullard, 90, and his wife, Frances Woullard, 76, both of Hudson, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Steele was taken to Albany Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. This investigation is ongoing.


Hudson City Police arrested Benny C. Dean, Jr., 44, of Buffalo and charged him with first degree robbery (with a dangerous instrument), a class B felony, September 12.

On August 28 at around 2:32 p.m. Hudson Police received a call from a business on Warren Street. The business manager called Columbia County 911 to report that she was just robbed. HPD responded shortly after the call. The manager told police that Mr. Dean, who was an ex-employee, entered the kitchen area of the restaurant from the alley and told her he had a gun. He reportedly demanded that she give him all the money from the business safe. She complied and Mr. Dean left the area with a small amount of money. Nobody was injured during the robbery.

HPD detectives responded to assist patrols with the armed robbery investigation. It was discovered that Mr. Dean is currently on NYS Parole following a grand larceny conviction. Detectives also suspected that he had traveled to the Buffalo area immediately after the robbery.

HPD applied for an arrest warrant for robbery. HPD Detectives went to Buffalo and arrested Mr. Dean and brought him back to the City of Hudson for processing and court arraignment, September 12.

Mr. Dean was arraigned by Judge Cheryl Roberts in Hudson City Court. He was sent to the Columbia County Jail with no bail to return to court for a preliminary hearing at a later date.

Anyone with further information to share with the police concerning this incident is asked to contact HPD, Detective Division at 518-828 3388.


Sheriff’s patrols were dispatched by Columbia County 911 for a reported motor vehicle crash, September 17 at 4:25 p.m. The crash occurred on State Route 66 at the intersection with County Route 20, Columbia County Sheriff Donald Krapf reported in a press release.

A 2015 BMW operated by Lindsay VanDeusen, 40, of Philmont was traveling northbound on Route 66 and attempting to make a left hand turn onto County Route 20 when she was struck from behind by another vehicle. The VanDeusen vehicle was hit by a 2013 Toyota operated by Jessica Thomas, 34, of Chatham.

A passenger in the VanDeusen’s vehicle, Christopher Russell, 43, was injured during the crash. The Greenport Rescue Squad treated him at the scene. He was then taken to Albany Medical Center by Albany Med Flight for life-threatening injuries.

The rescue squad treated Ms. Thomas and took her to Columbia Memorial Health for non-life-threatening injuries. Ms. VanDeusen did not report any injuries.

Deputies issued Ms. Thomas two traffic tickets for NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law violations of following too closely and speed not reasonable. Both tickets are returnable to Claverack Court at a later date.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office was Senior Investigator Reagan Anderson, Investigator Patrick Mayo, Sergeant Jeffrey Hofstetter, Deputy Peter Merante, Deputy Phillip Gomm and Deputy Carlson Tillman. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by State Police, the Claverack Fire Department, Greenport Rescue Squad and the New York State Department of Transportation.

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