09 January 2020

Captain John J. Ryan
Acting Troop K Commander

Washington, New York – On January 8, 2020, the New York State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks began investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash on the Shunpike in the town of Washington.
At approximately 11:20 p.m., Troopers responded to the Shunpike between State Route 44 and Kennels Road for a report of one car off the roadway, into a tree, and engulfed in flames.  Initial investigation shows James M. Ruiz, age 28, of Amenia, NY, was operating a Toyota sedan and went off the roadway for unknown reasons.  His passenger, Jeremy L. Annis, age 20, also of Amenia, was pronounced deceased on scene by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Ruiz was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center by Life Net Air 2 in critical condition.
Amenia Fire Department, Millbrook Fire Department, and Northern Dutchess Paramedics, and the Troop K Collision Reconstruction Unit also responded to the scene to assist the victims.
The Shunpike was reopened at approximately 4:30 a.m. on January 9, 2020.
This investigation remains ongoing.

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