Dutchess County Man Charged After Being Hit by Truck in Saugerties
A Dutchess County man is recovering from his injuries with a ticket after he was hit by a truck while walking in Ulster County.
On Saturday around 12:45 p.m., Saugerties police responded to reports of a vehicle verses pedestrian accident on Partition Street in the Village of Saugerties.
A police investigation determined that 56-year-old Kenny C. Wise of Wappingers Falls walked out onto Partition Street and into the path of a north bound 2015 Chevrolet Pickup Truck driven by 47-year-old Kenneth Gierloff of Boiceville.
Wise was hit by the truck’s side-view mirror and fell the ground. The vehicle’s tires then hit Wise’s foot and ankle, witnesses told police.
Wise was treated at the scene by members from the Village of Saugerties Fire Department and DIAZ ambulance. He was transported to the Health Alliance Broadway Campus where he was treated in the emergency room and released.
Police gave Wise a traffic ticket for failing to yield right of way to a motor vehicle in other than a designated crosswalk.
Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra released a statement reminding everyone that when crossing the street on any portion other than a clearly defined and designated crosswalk, the vehicle traffic has the right away.
“We have had a significant reduction in pedestrian vehicle accidents in the past four years by nearly 50%,” Sinagra stated. “This latest incident only underscores the need for us to continue our aggressive efforts toward reducing these types of accidents which are clearly avoidable.”
Motorists must yield to any pedestrian who is in a clearly defined and designated crosswalk.