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Fatal Crash Kills Man in Walton

Written By Editor on 2/27/17 | 2/27/17

Photos and information credit Delaware County Sheriff's Department

On Saturday afternoon, February 25, 2017 Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies

responded a fatal, two car head on collision on Bear Spring Mountain in the Town

of Walton that claimed the life of a Tenafly, New Jersey, resident.




Investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the New York State Police

Collision Reconstruction Unit revealed that at approximately 4:40 p.m. Andrew

Thompson, 43, of Tenafly, N.J., was traveling in the eastbound lane of State

Highway 206 when a vehicle being driven by 41 year old Joel Alves of Hopewell

Junction, NY, that was traveling in the westbound lane crossed over the double

yellow center line of the roadway and collided head on with Thompson’s vehicle.

Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries he sustained in

the impact. Thompson’s wife, 43 year old Wendy Hoeben, and their six year old

son, who were passengers in Thompson vehicle, were transported to Delaware

Valley Hospital. Hoeben was treated and released but their six year old was later

transferred to Westchester Medical Center for further treatment.




Alves was also transported to Delaware Valley Hospital where he was also treated

and released.

As a result of the collision, State Highway 206 was shut down for several hours

Saturday evening while Deputies and State Police Collision Reconstruction experts

investigated the accident.

Further preliminary investigation revealed that Alves was driving with a suspended

driver’s license and a suspended vehicle registration. The cause of the accident

remains under investigation and Deputies report that charges are anticipated at the

conclusion of the investigation.

Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the New York State

Police Accident Reconstruction Unit, Colchester Police Department, New York

City Department of Environmental Protection Police, Walton and Downsville Fire

and Emergency Squad personnel and Cooperstown Medical Transport personnel.

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