Fatal Columbia County motorcycle v. SUV accident


HILLSDALE – A 61-year-old
Ghent man was killed when the motorcycle he was operating collided with
a Jeep Cherokee on Route 22 at the intersection with Columbia County Route
21 in the Town of Hillsdale. The accident was reported to the 911 center
at 1:43 p.m. on Friday.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said the SUV, driven by Johanna
Carrita, 70, of Castleton on Hudson, was traveling northbound on Route
22 and turned left onto County Route 21 striking the motorcycle. The operator,
John Cronin, Jr. of Ghent, was traveling southbound on Route 22 when it
was struck by the Jeep. Cronin was ejected and pronounced dead at the

Carrita was transported to Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
for neck pain. There were no passengers in her vehicle.

The accident is under investigation by sheriff’s deputies, investigators
and the Accident/Incident Investigation Unit.


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