A head-on collision between two BMWs on Route 9W in Highland claimed two lives early Saturday morning. The crash, which was widely reported by local media outlets, shut down 9W for hours.
Today, the Town of Lloyd Police Department identified the two victims: 50-year-old Wayne Donaldson of Highland, who was driving a 1995 BMW, and 51-year-old Tracey Krug, who was driving a 2005 BMW SUV. Neither driver had any passengers in the vehicle at the time of the collision, which occurred around 6:50 a.m. Police say Krug, who was driving southbound, had crossed into the northbound lane at a high speed when her SUV collided with Donaldson's car.
Donaldson was pronounced dead at the scene. Krug was taken to St. Francis Hospital by Mobile Life Ambulance, where she also was pronounced dead.
Although the victims were not officially identified until today, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported Donaldson's death over the weekend, and spoke to several family members. Today, the paper reports that Donaldson had just recently turned 50, and that his family had to turn abruptly from planning a birthday celebration to planning his funeral.
Lloyd police are still investigating the incident, and have been interviewing witnesses. Police ask anyone with information about the crash to call them at 845-691-6102.