Westchester Man Killed, Child Injured After Car Veers Into Oncoming Lane: Police

A 56-year-old drunk driver from the Hudson Valley faces charges after crossing into the oncoming lane and hitting another car head-on, killing a 52-year-old Northern Westchester man and injuring a young child, police said. 

The crash happened on Route 9 in Philipstown near Stone Ridge Road, police said. 

The crash happened on Route 9 in Philipstown near Stone Ridge Road, police said. 

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The incident happened in Putnam County on Saturday, Nov. 11, around 9:45 p.m. on Route 9 in Philipstown near Stone Ridge Road. 

According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle driven by 56-year-old Dutchess County resident Marcos Martinez of Hopewell Junction had been driving northbound on Route 9 when it crossed the double yellow line and struck a vehicle traveling southbound head-on. 

The driver of the vehicle driving southbound, identified as 52-year-old Joe Stubblefield of Cortlandt Manor, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. His passenger, a seven-year-old child who had been in the rear seat, was taken to Westchester Medical Center in an ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The crash caused the roadway to be closed until around 3 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12 while the New York State Police Crash Investigation Unit conducted an investigation.

Following the investigation, Martinez was arrested and charged with: 

  • Second-degree vehicular manslaughter;
  • Misdemeanor driving while intoxicated;
  • Failure to use designated lane.

He was later arraigned in the Town of Philipstown Court and remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond. 

The investigation into the incident is now continuing with help from the Putnam County District's Attorney's Office, according to the Sheriff's Office. 

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