Major Jennifer Gottstine
Troop T Commander
Tuxedo, NY – On July 20, 2020, at approximately 3:00 a.m., State Police were dispatched to investigate a serious injury accident on I-87 northbound, in the town of Tuxedo.
Investigation at the scene revealed that Sheik A. Bacchus, 51, of Bronx, NY, was operating his 2013 Dodge Durango northbound, in the area of mile marker 38, when he lost control of his vehicle for an unknown reason. Bacchus traveled off the right shoulder and struck the rear of a 2020 International tractor trailer which was parked on the shoulder. Bacchus was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Orange County Medical Examiner.
The driver of the tractor trailer, Everton M. Barnett, 34, of Landover, MD, was not injured.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Troop F Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU). The accident was reconstructed by the New York State Police Troop F Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU). The crash remains under investigation.