4 who died in Saugerties crash remembered for achievements, impact on others …

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4 New York men killed when car plunges down embankment.

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) — A car carrying five young co-workers plunged down a 110-foot embankment in the Hudson Valley, hit a house and came to rest on its roof, killing four men inside, police said. KINGSTON >> The four young men who died when the car in which they were passengers crashed in Saugerties included two student athletes, while the young woman who was driving the vehicle gave birth to a daughter just 10 weeks ago.The fatal victims were identified as Jante Clark, 26, of Kingston; Dante Crump, 22, of Kingston; Adam McQueen, 22, of Ulster Park and Kaireem Meeks, Jr., 24, of Kingston. Meredith McSpirit, 19, of Kingston, failed to make a sharp turn Wednesday morning at an intersection in the village of Saugerties, sending the car down a private drive and over a heavily vegetated embankment.

McSpirit, who goes by the name Meredith Wood on Facebook has received many comments from friends wishing her a speedy recovery and expressing their condolences for the deaths of the four men. The Sawkill resident, was arrested on August 19 for unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors, according to a New York State Police news release. Troopers were called to the McSpirit house at 131 Birmstone Hill Road in the Town of Kingston, in response to a 911 call of “unconscious 17-year- old female who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and a two month of female child screaming,” police said.

Upon further investigation, troopers determined that Meredith McSpirit had provided and smoked a marijuana cigarette with Sara-Anne prior to exiting the residence, leaving the underage sibling alone to care for said infant. The State Police Accident Reconstruction Team is aiding in the investigation into the cause of the crash, one of the worst Sinagra said he has seen in his career as a police officer. McSpirit, then age 16, was also arrested for conspiracy and aggravated harassment, both misdemeanors, after she assaulted another teen and then made threats against her on Facebook. The driver of the car, Meredith McSpirit of Kingston, was flown to Albany Medical Center with a non-life-threatening spinal fracture and was conscious and alert, Sinagra said.

Deborah Izzo, who taught Crump and McQueen in Kingston schools, pledged $100 for “my kids.” “They believed in themselves and they were grateful for everything everybody did for them,” Izzo said. “I don’t know how any of us are going to recover.” McQueen had told Izzo this summer he was going to nearby Mount Saint Mary College, where he planned to play basketball and major in business and marketing. Sinagra said McSpirit and her four passengers were coming from the HITS on the Hudson horse show facility on Washington Avenue in Saugerties when the crash occurred.

Mary College in Newburgh for the spring 2015 semester and already had made a mark on the school, said Vanessa Lawson of Kingston, who described herself as a friend of McQueen and also his counselor in the Mount St. Sinagra said the village building inspector determined the structural integrity of the house had been compromised, declared it uninhabitable and had the gas and electric service to the building shut off. Daly quoted Dante Cantu, director of the school’s Center for Student Success, as saying McQueen made a “tremendous impression on his fellow students and the college community.” Lynn Corcoran-Johnston, McQueen’s counselor and adviser at UCCC, said his death cast a “pall” over the Stone Ridge campus. Kingston High School football coach Jeramie Collins on Thursday called the KHS graduate “a strong student and a smart kid” who was a serious athlete. Collins said students and coaches at the high school were saddened by Crump’s death. “My heart and prayers go out to all of the families in this accident,” he said. “…

Once you’re a Tiger, you’re in the family here.” Sanders said he had only recently “gotten to known Kaireem [Meeks]” but that his friend worked to “create a life for his son that perhaps another did not create for him.” He said police do not yet know how fast the car was going at the time of the accident or whether any of the occupants were wearing seat belts. Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright said he expects his investigators to interview McSpirit as soon as she has recovered sufficiently, according to Mid-Hudson News Network.

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