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Sheriff’s Office investigates fatal off-road crash in Amenia

Published: 10/13/2020

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Captain John Watterson, 845-486-3860

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation into a one-car fatal off-road crash which occurred in the Town of Amenia at approximately 5:50 pm on 10/12/20.

On the above date and time, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Benson Farm at 355 Poplar Hill Rd in Amenia for a report of a serious crash. Preliminary investigation has revealed that Matthew Hadley, age 50, was operating a 2018 Jeep in a field when he lost control of the vehicle and was partially ejected. Mr. Hadley, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was later pronounced dead at the scene.

At this time the primary contributing factors appear to be reckless operation in off-road conditions and lack of seatbelt use. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner, the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, the New York State Police, Wassaic Fire Department, Amenia Fire Department, Dover Fire Department, Amenia EMS, and Northern Dutchess EMS. The investigation is continuing by the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau and Crash Investigation Unit, and more information may be released as it becomes available.