DA to investigate fatal Saugerties crash



KINGSTON – The driver of the car in which four young men were killed
in Saugerties on Wednesday remains in the intensive care unit of Westchester
Medical Center and Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright expects
his investigators to interview her as soon as she has recovered sufficiently.

She remains in the intensive care unit and is unavailable for comment.

Meredith McSpirit, 19, was driving a car which crashed 110 feet down a
cliff killing all of the passengers in the vehicle.
Killed in Wednesday’s Saugerties crash were Jante Clark, Dante Crump,
Adam McQueen and Kaireem Meeks, Jr.
Carnright said it is premature to draw any conclusions as to what happened
in the tragic accident.

“She is not in a fatal condition so we are looking to talk to her
and we are going to try to get some blood work done and continue the investigation
as to what anyone saw at the time,” he said.

McSpirit, who goes by the name Meredith Wood on Facebook has received
many comments from friends wishing her a speedy recovery and expressing
their condolences for the deaths of the four men.

The Sawkill resident, was arrested on August 19 for unlawfully dealing
with a child and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors,
according to a New York State Police news release.

Troopers were called to the McSpirit house at 131 Birmstone Hill Road
in the Town of Kingston, in response to a 911 call of “unconscious
17-year- old female who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or
alcohol and a two month of female child screaming,” police said.

Officers found McSpirit’s younger sister, Sara-Anne, “disoriented
and unable to care for herself along with the two-month-old female niece.”

Upon further investigation, troopers determined that Meredith McSpirit
had provided and smoked a marijuana cigarette with Sara-Anne prior to
exiting the residence, leaving the underage sibling alone to care for
said infant.

Appearance tickets were issued to both sisters, for Town of Kingston Court
hearing dated August 25th – one day before the fatal car crash.

Earlier, in Nov. 2012, Ms. McSpirit, then age 16, was also arrested for
conspiracy and aggravated harassment, both misdemeanors, after she assaulted
another teen and then made threats against her on Facebook.

A photograph of McSpirit currently available online comes from her MySpace
page, showing her chugging from what appears to be a bottle of alcohol.

Carnright said any previous charges unrelated to the fatal accident would
have no bearing on this investigation.


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