Deadly Labor Day weekend in Dutchess County

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Two people were killed in unrelated accidents in Dutchess County over the Labor Day weekend, the county sheriff’s office reported.

On Saturday, September 4 at around 6 p.m., a car and motorcycle collided on Myers Corners Road at the southern entrance to the Hannaford’s Plaza in the Town of Wappinger.

Deputies said preliminary investigation revealed that a 2019 Subaru Outback, driven by Charles Goldsmith, 83, of Poughkeepsie, was pulling out of the plaza making a left turn onto Myers Corners Road when it was struck by a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle operated by Ryan Weatherwax, which was traveling westbound on Myers Corners.

He was transported to MidHudson Regional Hospital where he died.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, September 5, a 31year-old Amenia man, identified as Felix Santiago, was driving a 2006 Ford Explorer westbound on South Amenia Road in Amenia around 5:15 p.m. when he crossed over the center markings and struck a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. He was initially trapped in his truck. He was transported to Sharon Hospital where he died.

The other vehicle, a 2016 Dodge Ram, was driven by William Watts, 68, of Kent, Connecticut. No one was seriously injured in his vehicle.

The investigation is continuing but authorities said the primary factor in the crash appears to be unsafe speed on the part of Santiago.

Assisting the sheriff’s office at the scene were he Wassaic and Amenia fire department and Northern Dutchess Paramedics.