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Pawling Fatality Under Investigation

Published: 7/1/2019

For More Information Contact:

Captain John Watterson, 845-486-3860 

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation into a two-car fatal crash which occurred on Route 55 near Route 22 in the Town of Pawling at approximately 2:15 pm on 6/29/19.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2009 Subaru Forrester operated by Paul Pitt (age 64 of Ulster Park, NY) was eastbound on Route 55 when it crossed over the center pavement markings and struck a westbound 2011 Chevrolet Traverse operated by Karri A. Lambertus (age 49 of Pawling, NY). Mr. Pitt was transported via ambulance to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie where he was pronounced dead, and Ms. Lambertus was flown to Westchester Medical Center with serious injuries. Both drivers were the sole occupants of their respective vehicles, and both needed to be extricated. 

The investigation is continuing by the Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit, and at this time the primary factor appears to be a medical issue on the part of Mr. Pitt prior to the crash. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Pawling Fire Department, and more information may be released as it becomes available.