Saugerties woman dies in 9W crash

A 48-year-old Saugerties woman was killed in a three-car crash Wednesday, March 15 at the intersection of Route 9W and Tuytenbridge Road, Ulster town police said.

According to police, at about 5:47 p.m., a 2001 Ford heading south on 9W and driven by 26-year-old Alton Mitchell of Lake Katrine rear-ended a 1995 Volkswagen driven by 49-year-old Ernest Breitung of Saugerties. The crash pushed the Volkswagen into the opposite lane, where it was hit by a 2003 GMC being driven by 49-year-old Anthony Bell of Saugerties.

Site of the crash

As a result of the crash, 48-year-old Helen Fogarty, a passenger in the VW, was killed. Police said she was pronounced dead at the scene.


Police said Breitung was transported to HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s Broadway campus with non-life threatening injuries and that Bell was treated at Northern Dutchess Hospital and released.  Mitchell was not hurt, police said.

“At this time the cause of the accident remains under investigation and no further information will be released,” stated police.

Town police were assisted by state police, Ulster Hose, Mobile Life Support Services and the state Department of Transportation.