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Motor vehicle accident near Newburgh; tow truck driver charged

There are a plethora of reasons that drivers in the Newburgh area may be involved in a motor vehicle crash. One possible, and relatively common, cause is reckless driving. No matter the reason for a motor vehicle accident, drivers are responsible for maintaining a complete regard for public safety.

On a Saturday morning in early May, a flatbed tow truck was transporting a car when the vehicle in its tow broke free from its restraints and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle. The 51-year-old driver of the tow truck, from Wallkill, has been arrested after allegedly causing the motor vehicle crash. According to the Ulster police, the man was headed northbound on Plattekill-Ardonia Road when the accident happened.

The driver of the truck was navigating a curve in the road when the car he was towing broke free and careened into the oncoming lane of traffic, striking another vehicle head on. The victimized driver from the second car, a 32-year-old woman, was transported to St. Lukes Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. Thankfully, the injuries she sustained are believed to be non-life threatening.

According to the sheriff’s report, the man was charged with criminal mischief, unlawful commercial towing and reckless driving. The tow truck driver purportedly failed to properly secure the vehicle with chains, thus resulting in the crash. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 15.

A victim of a motor vehicle accident in and around Newburgh may face injuries and property damage resulting from another person’s negligence. One momentary lapse in judgment or an ill-made decision can result in tragedy for another driver. And as witnessed in the aforementioned accident, victimized drivers often suffer needlessly as a result.

Source: Times Herald-Record, “Tow truck driver charged after car slips off rig,” Paul Brooks, May 11, 2012