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Suspects Apprehended In Fatal Union Vale Accident

Aaron W. Scott, 20, of LaGrange was charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with Sunday's fatal hit-and-run accident that killed an 18-year-old from Lagrangeville. Photo Credit: Provided/New York State Police
Joseph M. Calderon, 18, of Hopewell Junction was charged with third-degree criminal mischief in connection with a fight on Sunday that escalated into a fatal hit-and-run accident. Photo Credit: Provided/New York State Police

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UNION VALE, N.Y. -- State police arrested two Dutchess County men in connection with a fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident that killed a teenager from Lagrangeville on Sunday.

State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks were dispatched to Tymor Park in the Town of Union Vale for a reported car/pedestrian collision shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Upon their arrival, state troopers found an 18-year-old hit-and-run victim, Michael Esposito of Lagrangeville, with serious internal injuries consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle. Esposito was taken to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital by Transcare Ambulance where he died from his injuries.

Esposito graduated from Arlington High School in 2015. His calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at McHoul Funeral Home, 895 Route 82 in Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 1925 Route 82 in Lagrangeville.

An investigation revealed that two groups of young adults ranging in age from 16 to 20 years old arrived at Tymor Park to engage in illegal conduct that resulted in a confrontation, according to state police. During this altercation, Esposito and 18-year-old Joseph M. Calderon of Hopewell Junction reportedly retrieved baseball bats from the vehicle they arrived in and began striking a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Aaron W. Scott of LaGrange.

Scott subsequently drove forward over Esposito and fled the scene prior to the arrival of emergency services. A short time later, Scott's vehicle was located unoccupied by a Dutchess County deputy sheriff on Manor Drive in the Town of LaGrange. State troopers subsequently located Scott coming out of a shed behind a nearby residence.

Scott was charged with second-degree manslaughter, a class C felony, and arraigned in the Town of Union Vale Court before Town Justice Paul Pancio. Scott was sent to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.

Calderon was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony. He was released on an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Union Vale Court at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20.

Union Vale Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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