May 28, 2013

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Six injured in Port Ewen crash

PORT EWEN – Six people sustained injuries from minor to serious on Monday afternoon involving a motorcycle and car.

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office said a car was northbound on Route 9W in Port Ewen at 1:30 p.m. when a car in front of it was preparing to turn left into the parking lot of a business. The driver of the car following, Gregory Martin, 59, of Wappingers Falls, began to slow down, but a motorcycle behind him was unable to slow and took evasive action, striking the rear driver corner of Martin’s vehicle.

The motorcycle operator, Matthew McNair, 34, of New Paltz, and his passenger, Katie Olson, 22, of High Falls, were ejected into the roadway.

The motorcycle continued into the southbound lane where it struck another car, operated by Antony Ascione, 45, of Highland. At that point, deputies said Ascione’s vehicle went airborne, flipped and struck a utility pole and earth embankment before coming to ret.

Martin and his passenger, Janet Jozwiak, 52, also of Wappingers Falls, were uninjured.

McNair was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie for evaluation and was released. Olson was taken to Kingston hospital for evaluation and released.

Ascione was taken to St. Francis hospital for a possible fractured back and later released. The front seat passenger in his car, Brandi Ascione, 37, was taken to St. Francis for evaluation and released. Their daughter, Addie Ascione, 7, was taken to St. Francis for evaluation and release. A second child, Paisley Ascione, 4, was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla for head and internal injuries and was listed in critical condition Monday night.

Ulster detectives were assisted by State Police from the Highland and Hawthorne barracks, the State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit from Middletown, Port Ewen and Esopus fire departments, Town of Esopus Volunteer Ambulance Squad, Hurley Fire Department Ambulance, Mobile Life Support Services and Statflight.

No charges were filed or tickets issued, but the investigation is continuing.


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