Updated 12/03/2012 11:14 AM
Police investigate two fatal accidents in Town of Marlborough
Police are investigating two fatal accidents that happened in the Town of Marlborough in Ulster County. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the deadly crashes.
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TOWN OF MARLBOROUGH, N.Y. -- Two fatal accidents in two days in one small town is sending shock waves through Marlborough.
“It certainly has affected all of us in Marlborough who are aware of it. Just two in a row and it's been such a long time since we’ve had such a big tragedy,” said Marlborough Town Supervisor Stephen Osborn.
Around 7:45 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the scene of a fatal accident on State Route 9W. Marlboro resident Donald Dawson, 48, was killed when Eugene Antwi, 26, of Brooklyn, crossed the double yellow line and collided with Dawson.
“Mr. Antwi and three other passengers were taken to St. Francis Hospital by mobile life ambulance and Mr. Dawson was pronounced dead at the scene,” said New York State Police Lt. Richard Mazzone.
The crash happened just feet away from Rob Hilbrandt’s house. He says unfortunately, the area is accident prone.
“There was at least eight or nine fatalities in the first eight years we've been here in this immediate area,” said Hilbrandt.
Down the road in the hamlet of Marlboro, a memorial covers a utility pole at the scene of an accident that claimed the life of 16-year-old Sarah Smith of Newburgh. She was killed early Saturday morning when a car she was riding in collided with the pole.
“I got the call and I just…It’s Sarah. I would never have imagined it was Sarah,” said ToniAnne St George.
Friends of Sarah, who are deeply saddened by her loss, say she was your average teen. She was involved with theater, a great singer and will always be remembered for her bright smile.
“Her smile just brightened up the room and she was a beautiful person and now she’s just going to be an even more beautiful angel,” said Kierstin Martin.
The driver, Devin Pierre, 18, has since been released from St. Francis Hospital. Another passenger, a 15-year old girl, is in stable condition.
No charges have been filed in either case, however, Lt. Mazzone says charges are likely pending in Sunday's accident.