Pearl River man indicted on vehicular assault charges

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NEW CITY – A Rockland County grand jury indicted a Pearl River man on several charges related to injuries to several people as the result of a June 13 auto crash.
Matthew Beckerle, 50, of Pearl River, was charged with five counts of vehicular assault, nine counts of assault, and driving while intoxicated.
Investigation showed that at about 9:40 p.m. on June 13, Beckerle was driving at a high rate of speed south in the area of Kings Highway and Route 304 when he rear-ended a vehicle with two occupants.   After that crash, he swerved into the northbound lanes of Route 304 and crashed head-on with another vehicle with three occupants. Both vehicles were totaled in the crashes.
The occupants of both cars all suffered serious injuries.