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Update to fatal motorcycle accident from 10/13/13

Published: 10/21/2013

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Captain John Watterson 
(845) 486-3860

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports updated information in the fatal motorcycle accident which occurred on Route 9G in the Town of Poughkeepsie during the early morning hours of 10/13/13. The accident is still under investigation, however preliminary information has indicated that excessive speed and reckless driving are significant factors in the crash.

Investigation has shown that during the early morning hours of 10/13/13 Joshua Bohlmann was riding his motorcycle with another person, who has been identified as Anthony Derienzo (age 22 of Poughkeepsie). The two were riding together but on separate motorcycles. Eyewitness accounts indicate that the two men were riding together in the Poughkeepsie area, and were riding recklessly and extremely excessive speeds. At a point in time after the men were observed driving in this manner they were approached at a red light by two (2) Sheriff’s Office Deputies, who attempted to identify and stop them. Both subjects then made the unlawful decision to not stop for the Deputies; they ignored the Deputies’ lawful directives to stop by driving away, once again recklessly and at excessive speeds. As they were driving in this manner and failing to comply, Mr. Bohlmann lost control of his motorcycle and crashed on Route 9G in the area of Cottage Street. Further investigation has also shown that Mr. Bohlmann was operating the motorcycle with only a learner’s permit and not a license.

Mr. Derienzo split off and took another route during the incident, so he wasn’t involved in the crash. Through further investigation he was identified and interviewed, and on 10/16/13 he was arrested for his alleged actions during this incident. At this time Mr. Derienzo has been charged with the following:

  1. Unlawfully fleeing a police officer 3rd degree: Class A Misdemeanor
  2. Reckless driving: Misdemeanor
  3. Excessive speed: Traffic infraction

Mr. Derienzo was released on appearance tickets after being processed, and is due to appear before the Town of Poughkeepsie Court on 11/25/13. As with any other criminal case, the charges described above are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The investigation is continuing, and more information may be released as it becomes available.