February 21, 2012 —
The State Police are investigating a one car fatal motor vehicle accident occurring on the New York State Thruway on February 18, 2012. The accident occurred at approximately 7:08 pm, southbound near mile marker 71 in the Town of Plattekill, Ulster County.
Preliminary investigation indicates the operator of a 2008 Subaru was distracted and diverted his attention from the roadway. The operator subsequently traveled off the roadway, down an embankment and struck a tree. The operator, Daniel Brown, 18 of Sparkill, NY and front seat passenger, Conner Vazquez, 18 of Blauvelt, NY were transported to St Francis Hospital for minor injuries. The rear seat passenger, Quincy Hedges, 17 of Sparkill, NY was pronounced dead at the scene.