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Washington Fatal Crash Under Investigation

Published: 12/23/2021

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 State Route 82 in the Town of Washington at approximately 2:55 pm on 12/21/21.

On the above date and time a Sheriff’s Deputy came upon the crash while on routine patrol on Route 82 near North Shanks Road. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 2011 Subaru operated by Madison Lynch-Dingee (age 16 of Salt Point, NY) was traveling northbound on Route 82 at an unsafe speed while attempting to pass another vehicle, a 2016 Acura. The Acura’s operator was unaware that the Subaru was trying to pass, and so then attempted to make a left turn onto North Shanks Road. The Subaru then strikes the Acura, exits the roadway off the western shoulder, and ultimately strikes a tree. Ms. Lynch-Dingee passed away at the scene, and the occupants of the Acura were uninjured. At this time no charges have been filed. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit and Detective Bureau, however at this time unsafe speed on the part of the Subaru appears to be a primary factor. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the New York State Police, Dutchess County Medical Examiner, Millbrook Fire Department, and Northern Dutchess Paramedics. More information may be released as it becomes available.