A two-car crash on Henry W. Dubois Drive in New Paltz seriously injured the driver of both vehicles, and left one passenger dead at the scene on the night of March 29.
According to New York State police, the preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Volvo, being operated by Abram Almahari, 19, of New Paltz, was traveling westbound on Henry W. Dubois Drive when he struck a 2012 Toyota Scion in the rear that was stopped at a stop sign. The impact caused the Toyota to spin around in the roadway and travel backwards off the north shoulder of Henry W. Dubois Drive. The Volvo continued westbound, crossed the roadway to the south shoulder and struck a rock embankment, which caused the vehicle to overturn and then strike a tree. Jade N. Randazzo, 25, of New Paltz, was a passenger in the Volvo and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Almahari was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie with head and arm trauma. The other passengers in the Volvo, Walter Morales-Duarte, 22, of New Paltz, was transported to Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie, with internal injuries and James Davis, 22, of Poughkeepsie, was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie with head trauma.
The operator of the Toyota, Charlie Rodriguez, age 43 of Highland, was transported to Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie with internal injuries.
The investigation is ongoing.
Randazzo’s aunt, Tina Mazzetti, has started a crowdfunding campaign to pay for her nephew’s funeral expenses. As of this morning, $6,297 had been raised out of a goal of $6,500.