John Tyler Kuhn, 35, was behind the wheel of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz C30 the morning of January 6 when it left Rt. 32 in Saugerties, rolled several times and struck a tree, causing severe injuries to two passengers. Now, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
Yesterday, Kuhn was arraigned in Ulster County Court on an indictment charging him with Aggravated Vehicular Assault, two counts of Assault in the Second Degree and two counts of Driving While Intoxicated. Kuhn has been remanded to the Ulster County Jail.
The indictment alleges that Mr. Kuhn drove recklessly while intoxicated, and that his recklessness resulted in serious physical injury to two or more people. (A fourth passenger was treated for minor injuries.)
The one-car crash happened on Rt. 32 between Fawn Road and Blue Mountain Road. At the time of the crash, the vehicle had been occupied by four individuals, 24-year-old Keishawn Blanch of Catherine Street Kingston, whom was trapped within the remains of the vehicle, and had to be extricated out by firefighters, 23-year-old Brittney Ruskie of Elm Street Saugerties and, 23-year-old Justin Malloy of Saugerties, both rear seat passengers that had been ejected from the vehicle during the crash, as well as Kuhn of Highland Court, Saugerties, who was removed from the vehicle by a passersby prior to the arrival of police.
All four victims were treated at the scene by paramedics from Diaz Ambulance and Mobile Life Support. Blanch and Ruskie were airlifted from the scene by helicopters and transported to the Albany Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Atmospheric Weather conditions prevented additional helicopters from assisting at the scene, resulting in land transport by Mobile Life Support and Catskill Ambulance of the remaining two victims to the Albany Medical Center.