A New Paltz woman who was driving on Rt. 299 yesterday evening died after her vehicle was struck head-on by a vehicle that was fleeing police pursuit.
The chase followed a 7:30 p.m. report to Town of Lloyd Police of an erratic operator. Police located the vehicle, a 2008 Porsche Cayenne, and attempted to stop it. The vehicle failed to comply and fled westbound on State Rt. 299 at a high rate of speed. Members of the state police assisted the Town of Lloyd PD with the pursuit. As the vehicle approached the intersection at South Street near the Lowe’s store, it struck the side of a 2008 Ford, then crossed over into the eastbound lane striking a 2018 Ford pickup head-on. A 2016 Toyota then struck the rear of the Porsche.
The driver of the Porsche, Ryan B. Williams, 29, of Poughkeepsie, was transported to Westchester Medical Center and is listed in critical but stable condition. The operator of the 2018 Ford pickup truck, Danielle M. Pecoraro, 39, of New Paltz, was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ulster County Medical Examiner’s Office. The passenger in the 2018 pickup truck, Mercedes Rosado, 24, of New Paltz, was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital and is listed in stable condition.
This is an ongoing investigation with the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office where criminal charges are pending. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the state police in Highland at 845-691-2922.