Updated 05/21/2012 07:04 PM
Police investigate fatal hit and run in Shawangunk
Police continue to look into what happened after a Wallkill bicyclist what struck and killed in Shawangunk. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more.
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SHAWANGUNK, N.Y. -- A 67-year-old man has been charged with leaving the scene of a deadly hit and run accident Sunday.
“At about 12:15 p.m., the New York State Police in Highland were called to investigate a fatal car, bicyclist accident in the Town of Shawangunk,” said Captain Joseph Tropoto of the New York State Police Department.
Keith Marroon, a 60-year-old avid bicyclist of Wallkill, was out for a ride on Bates Lane when he was struck by a utility trailer carrying two lawnmowers. That trailer was being towed by a Chevy pickup truck driven by Marcellinno Ruiz.
Police say Ruiz just pulled onto the road traveling westbound as he struck Mr. Marroon who was traveling eastbound. He then got out of his truck, noticed the victim lying on the ground, got back into his truck and exited the scene.
Investigators say Marroon was later taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh, where he was pronounced dead.
Around 6 p.m., officials tracked down Ruiz in Middletown and placed him under arrest. And although this type of accident isn’t common, the owner of the Bicycle Depot in New Paltz says it’s not unheard of.
“Sometimes it’s the cyclists fault and sometimes it’s the motorists fault. It depends on the situation, but it definitely happens a couple times a year,” said Jeff Yowell.
And as the summer months approach, he says it’s important for both bicyclists and motorists to be mindful of one another and share the road.He says cyclists are required to travel in the same directions as traffic and obey all traffic laws.
“Make sure you wear your helmet, your brakes work, your bike’s safe,” said Yowell. “Driving safely, being aware of your surroundings and bicyclists, pedestrians on other traffic can’t be stressed enough, we encourage operating safety at all times.”
Bottom line, police say proceed with caution so deadly accidents like this one don’t happen again.
Ruiz is being held in the Ulster County Jail on a $250,000 cash bail.
Officials say it doesn't appear that drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.