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Rhinebeck Man Killed in Bicycle Crash

Published: 8/26/2020

For More Information Contact:

Captain John Watterson, 845-486-3860

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation into a fatal bicycle crash which occurred in the Town of Rhinebeck, Hamlet of Rhinecliff, during the early morning hours of 8/25/20. 

At approximately 6:40 am on 8/25/20 Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Rhinecliff Road near River Road for a report of male found on the side of the roadway. At that time Harry C. Haskins IV, age 61 of Rhinebeck, was located deceased with apparent head, neck, and chest injuries. 

Preliminary investigation has revealed that Mr. Haskins was riding a bicycle westbound on Rhinecliff road down a steep incline in the dark when he lost control of the bike, crossed over the eastbound lane, and struck a tree and fence off the eastbound shoulder. 

At this time there is no evidence to suggest that a vehicle was involved and it is believed that Mr. Haskins was the only person involved in the crash, however the Sheriff’s Office would like to speak to anyone who may have seen anything. Anyone who may have been traveling on Rhinecliff Road between the hours of 12am – 6am on 8/25/20 is urged to please contact Detective Wilber at 845-486-3826 or Information can also be provided via the Sheriff’s Office tipline at 845-605-CLUE (2583) or email at, and all information will be kept confidential. 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Rhinecliff Fire Department. The investigation is continuing and more information may be provided as it becomes available.