Bank Theft Turned Police Chase Ends In Crash With School Bus in Wappingers
This past weekend, reports of several serious accidents around the Hudson Valley impacted motorists across the area. On Friday August 12th, one accident in particular resulted in two arrests and involved a small school bus in a very high traveled area of Route 9 in Wappingers Falls.
Fishkill Bank Theft Leads to Chase and Subsequent Wappingers Crash
Police reports indicate that on Friday August 12th at approximately 4:25pm, Village of Fishkill police were in pursuit of a vehicle traveling north on Route 9 in connection to a 'grand larceny investigation,' or bank theft. The car, which reportedly was fleeing from Key Bank, ended up in a multi-car crash between Old Hopewell Road and Myers Corners Road.
The vehicle, a 2017 BMW 330i, during the pursuit crashed into a small school bus that was also traveling on Route 9 in the Town of Wappinger, and ended up landing in a ditch off the roadway. The school bus also slammed into a white BMW SUV. All vehicle occupants were transported to local area hospitals and treated for minor injuries before being released.
Two Bronx Residents Arrested and Charged With Several Misdemeanors
With assistance from the New York State Police, Village of Fishkill Police report the arrest of the fleeing BMW vehicle's operator, 28-year-old Destiny M. Smith of the Bronx, on the following Class A misdemeanor charges: Conspiracy in the 5th degree, Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd degree, and Fleeing an Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd degree. Jomo J. Cole, age 30, a passenger in the BMW, and also of the Bronx, was arrested for the class A misdemeanor of Conspiracy in the 5th degree. Smith and Cole have been issued appearance tickets for August 22, 2022 in the town of Wappinger Court.
Police indicate that this is an ongoing investigation.