POUGHKEEPSIE – A pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle Friday night in the city, leading to road closures as the incident was investigated. At 9:08 p.m., the Poughkeepsie fire department was dispatched along with Mobile Life medics to the intersection of Church Street (eastbound arterial) and South Hamilton Street for the accident in which the pedestrian sustained serious injuries, sources say.
Upon arrival, the firefighters contacted city 911 asking for police units to stop eastbound traffic at Church and Academy Streets for safety of the personnel. At 9:12, the commanding fire department officer on the scene asked dispatch to expedite the response of the Mobile Life medics and their ambulance, asking them to “Step it up.” The ambulance arrived five minutes later, at 9:17 p.m.
Medics transported the pedestrian victim to a local hospital said to be in critical condition. City police accident reconstruction specialists were summoned to the scene to investigate the accident.
As of 10:30 p.m., the victim was still being treated at the hospital with the investigation continuing. The motorist involved in the collision remained on the scene.