02 March 2021

Major Michael J. Drake
Troop K Commander

Wappingers Falls, New York – On March 1, 2021, the New York State Police and the Village of Wappingers Falls Police Department investigated a fatal motor vehicle crash on State Route 9 in the area of New Hackensack Road that occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Initial investigation revealed a 2017 Honda CRV, operated by Loraine Baker, age 48, of Poughkeepsie, NY, was southbound on State Route 9 and rear-ended a southbound 2005 Chevrolet Trail Blazer.

Loraine Baker was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center where she unfortunately succumbed to her injuries.

The operator of the Trail Blazer, Rene Luis Ramirez, age 37, of Poughkeepsie, and her passengers, Nelvis Luis Cruz, age 23, Esteban Luis Luis, age 4, and Emilio Luis Luis, age 1, were all transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital with serious injuries.  Emilio Luis Luis unfortunately succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

State Route 9 was closed in both directions from approximately 3:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

This investigation remains ongoing and updates will be provided as they become available.


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