Poughkeepsie man whose flight from police ended in fatal crash faces vehicular homicide, manslaughter charges

New York State Police at Highland announced the arrest of Ryan B. Williams, 29, of Poughkeepsie, for the felony charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree manslaughter, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with the misdemeanor offense of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

Williams was arrested as a result of an investigation into the fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on the evening of July 1, 2018 on State Route 299 in the town of Lloyd, which claimed the life of  Danielle M. Pecoraro, 39, of New Paltz.

The chase followed a report of an erratic operator. Police located the vehicle, a 2008 Porsche Cayenne, and attempted to stop it. According to police, 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 Pecoraro’s 2018 Ford pickup head-on. A 2016 Toyota then struck the rear of the Porsche. Both Williams and Mercedes Rosado, 24, the passenger in the pickup, were treated for injuries following the crash.


Williams was arraigned before the Honorable Terry Elia in the Town of Lloyd Justice Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail without bail pending a future court appearance.

The state police were assisted by the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.