2017-03-01 / Front Page

New Jersey man killed in head-on Walton collision

Cause of crash under investigation

Downsville — Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a fatal, two-car head on collision on Bear Spring Mountain in the Town of Walton that claimed the life of a Tenafly, NJ resident on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25.

Investigation by sheriff’s deputies and members of the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit revealed that at approximately 4:40 p.m., Andrew Thompson, 43, of Tenafly, was traveling in the eastbound lane of state Highway 206 when a vehicle being driven by Joel Alves, 41, of Hopewell Junction, that was traveling in the westbound lane, crossed over the double yellow center line of the roadway and collided head on with Thompson’s vehicle.

Pronounced dead at scene

Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries he sustained in the impact. Thompson’s wife, Wendy Hoeben, 43, and their six-year-old son, who were passengers in the Thompson vehicle, were transported to Delaware Valley Hospital.

Mrs. Hoeben was treated and released but their son was later transferred to Westchester Medical Center for further treatment.

Alves was also transported to Delaware Valley Hospital where he was treated and released.

As a result of the collision, state Highway 206 was shut down for several hours Saturday evening while deputies and state police collision reconstruction experts investigated the accident.

Further preliminary investigation revealed that Alves was driving with a suspended driver’s license and a suspended vehicle registration. The cause of the accident remains under investigation and deputies report that charges are anticipated at the conclusion of the investigation.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the New York State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit, Colchester Police Department, New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police, Walton and Downsville fire and emergency squad personnel and Cooperstown Medical Transport personnel.

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