2018-01-10 / Front Page

Delaware Opportunities leader killed in car crash

Second accident claims the life of UCAT driver
By Joan Lawrence-Bauer

After a devastating first week of 2018 which saw five local men lose their lives, the new year continued to deliver bad local news with two motor vehicle deaths during the second week of the year.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal, one car motor vehicle accident in Fraser that took the life of John M. Eberhard, the longtime Executive Director of Delaware Opportunities Inc. in Hamden.

According to the Sheriff’s office, Eberhard’s accident occurred on State Highway 10 shortly before 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening. A statement about the accident investigation revealed that the 70-year-old Eberhard of DeLancey, was traveling south on State Highway 10 when his car left the roadway and struck a tree.

Under investigation

Eberhard was declared dead at the scene by Delaware County Deputy Medical Examiner, James Cooros. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Eberhard led Delaware Opportunities for more than 30 years, significantly expanding the depth and breadth of services it offered to the point that is provided at least some service for people of every age group in the county from cradle to grave. Whether providing pre-K and Headstart services for toddlers or programs for senior citizens, Eberhard was passionate about serving the people of Delaware county.

Members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office were assisted at the scene by members of the Delhi Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Squad.

Boiceville crash

Onteora Central School had to delay the release of students on Monday afternoon, Jan. 8, when a fatal accident occurred on just west of the Boiceville High School. Police report that a 2002 Kia, operated by Barbara Hyde, 74 of Highland was traveling west on State Route 28 in the town of Shandaken when she lost control of her vehicle on the snow covered roadway and crossed over into the eastbound lane striking an Ulster County Area Transit Bus traveling east.

The accident, which occurred at 2:18 p.m. closed the highway to vehicular traffic, preventing school busses headed west from leaving the Police report that Hyde was deceased at the scene and that a passenger in her car was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital where she was listed in critical condition. The operator of the bus was not injured. There were no passengers on the bus.

State Police were assisted by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, the Olive and Shandaken Police Departments and the Olive and Phoenicia Fire Departments.

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