Driver of 2015 Fatal Car Crash Found With Heroin, Police Say
The driver of a 2015 Ulster County car crash, that killed four people, was arrested this weekend for heroin possession.
On Sunday afternoon, members from the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle on Broadway in the Town of Esopus for an alleged equipment violation. During the traffic stop, deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, police say.
A further investigation revealed that the driver, 20-year-old Meredith McSpirit of Rosendale, was allegedly in possession of heroin. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.
She was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Town of Esopus Justice Court.
On August 26, 2015, McSpirit failed to make a right turn while driving on
to Dock Street in Saugerties. The car traveled over a driveway and then across a private road before plunging down a 110-foot embankment.
The vehicle finally came to rest, upside down, after hitting a house. No one was inside the home at the time.
The vehicle’s four passengers, Jonte Clark, Dante Crump, Adam “Jeff” McQueen and Kaireem Meeks Jr, all from Kingston, were killed in the crash.
McSpirit was injured in the accident. She was never charged after officials found no evidence she was driving impaired.