Updated 05/07/2012 12:53 PM
Teen from Yonkers killed in Clinton Corners SUV accident
A late morning SUV accident in Clinton Corners claimed the life of a 16-year-old passenger. Police and deputies found the vehicle overturned in a creek. YNN's John Wagner reports.
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DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Headed to play a round of golf just before noon, a Yonkers boy and his uncle from Millbrook careened off Clinton Corners Road. Their Ford Explorer rode along a guide rail before flipping into Wappinger Creek.
When Dutchess County Sheriff's Deputies and State Police arrived, Paul Williams Jr., 16, was still stuck in the SUV, submerged under water. The 42-year-old driver, Stephen Pastorek, escaped.
"[He was] quite frantically looking for help in the water; the vehicle was overturned on its roof," said Sergeant Michael Dampf from the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies, police, and Pastorek overturned the SUV and pulled out Paul Williams Jr. They performed CPR but he later died at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Stephen Pastorek was treated for minor injuries at St. Francis and released.
Divers searched for evidence and DEC officials tried to contain hazards.
"There was some fluid that leaked out of the vehicle into the stream, they were worried about some contamination issues," said Sergeant Dampf.
Local drivers tell us they are extra cautious because they know it's a dangerous curve. And this time of year the area around the creek is busy with fishermen.
"There isn't a day that goes by this place isn't packed with cars down here people fishing from morning to sunset," said James Bathrick, one of the first responders from the East Clinton Fire Department.
"People drive at least 55 miles per hour down this road which is pretty dangerous in itself and when they hit this curve and the curves around the creek it is horrible," said Ann Kenny, a neighbor who lives right by the bridge where the accident happened.
Deputies say the recommended speed at the curve is 30 miles per hour. They will investigate speed and distracted driving, among other factors as they reconstruct the accident. The Dutchess County Medical Examiner will conduct Paul Williams Jr.'s autopsy on Monday.