A Beacon woman has been identified as the victim in a two-vehicle fatal crash in Fishkill that closed Route 9D for hours.
Hilary R. Holmes, 49, was killed when the crash occurred around 9 a.m. Monday between a 2009 Honda Accord and a 2013 International box truck after she lost control of the vehicle, said Capt. John Watterson of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the Honda was northbound on Route 9D near Farmview Lane when Holmes lost control. The Honda then struck a guide rail, and entered the southbound lane, striking a box truck driven by William Velez, 60, of New Jersey, Watterson said.
In addition to the driver, the truck, owned by Cream O Land Dairy of Florence, N.Y., was occupied by passenger Charles Jones, 48, of New Jersey. Neither man was injured.
Holmes was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner, the Town of Fishkill Police, the City of Beacon Fire Department, and the Castle Point Fire Department.
At this time the primary factor in the crash is thought to be driver distraction on the part of Holmes, however, the investigation is continuing by the Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit and more information may be released as it becomes available.
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