Updated 08/03/2012 02:59 PM
Driver jailed after fatal car crash
A 22-year-old Town of Poughkeepsie man has been arrested and arraigned in connection with the car crash that killed a mother and father Wednesday night. YNN's John Wagner has the details.
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- "A lot of people crying, a lot of people you know, just in absolute awe of the whole situation," said Poughkeepsie resident Anne Burdick.
A neighborhood shaken after witnessing two fatalities in a senseless crash. Police say it was caused by 22-year-old Ryan Floryan who was trying to outrun them, crushing a car when he flew through a red light. He's been arraigned at city court and thrown into county jail with $250,000 bail or $500,000 bond.
"Charged with two counts of manslaughter in the second degree, a class C felony," said Detective Lt. Edward Freer of the City of Poughkeepsie Police.
Police say at the time of the accident, Floryan was wanted by the NYS Division of Parole for a parole violation and had two other pending warrants, one each in the city and town of Poughkeepsie courts. But they would not comment on where and why the police chase began.
"I think they should take the license plate number down and then go to their homes," said Poughkeepsie resident Wanda Getter. "There's no reason to be chasing, especially on a busy, busy, busy road."
"In a residential area, uncalled for, absolutely, and within 20 minutes everybody was getting ready to get off from work and this becomes extremely busy," said Anne Burdick.
St. Francis Hospital confirms Shawn Wonderly died Wednesday night. Witnesses say he was driving the flipped car with his wife and two kids. Friends say his wife, Patricia, also passed away. Their two kids were treated and released from St. Francis Hospital.
"I'm heartbroken," said Tina Staniscia, who lives on the corner of the crash. "We watched the firefighter take the little girl out of the car and I just lost it then. I'm heartbroken over it."
"That kinda hits you hard to really see something like that," said Poughkeepsie resident Mike Hiter, who saw the deceased victims. "It's different from seeing it in a movie, but to see the real thing, is terrible."
Floryan and his two passengers were treated for non-life threatening injuries. He will be back in city court on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. Residents say something must be done about the accident prone block.
"What goes through my mind is more people could have gotten hurt, we complain about this intersection all the time," said Tina Staniscia.
"I could not believe my eyes, I was actually amazed that it was that severe," said Anne Burdick.
Police say they will not comment further on the investigation until Monday.
In a written statement from the Poughkeepsie police department, officials said they are conducting an extensive investigation into the accident, and while the investigation is ongoing:
"The Police Department’s initial assessment at this stage indicates that the officers that attempted to stop the suspect vehicle prior to the accident were well within the policy and procedures of the department in their actions."