Saugerties man charged with vehicular manslaughter in death of Red Hook woman

Dino J. Macaluso, 54, of Saugerties, was arrested Saturday morning, April 24, and charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter in connection with a November 8 crash that claimed the life of a Red Hook woman.

The crash occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m. that day on State Route 9G just north of West Market Street/State Route 199 in the town of Red Hook. According to police, Macaluso, 54, was northbound on State Route 9G operating a 2005 GMC Envoy when he entered the southbound lane and struck two vehicles. Both southbound vehicles were slowing for a red traffic signal at the Route 9G and West Market intersection. Police said Macaluso first struck a 2010 Toyota Prius head-on before colliding with a 2020 Hyundai Elantra behind the Prius.

The operator of the Toyota Prius, Sheryl Griffith, 75, of Red Hook, was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner.

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Macaluso was transported to Northern Dutchess Hospital by Northern Dutchess Paramedics with non-life-threatening injuries.  The operator of the Elantra was transported to the Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital by the Tivoli Fire Department, also with non-life-threatening injuries.

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