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Off-Duty Police Officer Killed in Motorcycle Crash

On Tuesday, April 18th, an off-duty Walden police officer was killed in a motorcycle accident on Route 44-55 in Gardiner, NY. According to sheriff’s Captain Vincent Altieri of Ulster County, Dustin James, age 31, was riding his motorcycle in the eastern direction on Route 44-55 when his motorcycle collided with a 2011 Toyota Camry going in the northern direction from Bruynswick Road.

Officer James was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, where he was declared dead. The operator of the Camry was Alejandra Rodas-Perez, age 19, of Bloomingburg. Officer James leaves behind his wife, Maryellen James.

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation along with the state police crash reconstruction team. The result of that investigation will decide whether any charges will be filed in the case.

A news release from Walden police revealed that Officer James began working at the village department on January 1, 2007 as a dispatcher on a part-time basis. He then became a part-time officer on August 12, 2007. In October 2009, he started working as a full-time officer. In addition, he started working as a part-time officer with the Montgomery village police in December 2015.

Walden Police Chief Jeff Holmes and Montgomery village Police Chief Steven Walsh described him as an outstanding police officer who performed extremely well on his job. He made several contributions to both departments, he exhibited compassion for other people, he possessed a sense of humor, and he was detail-oriented. He was loved by all who knew him and worked with him. Walden bestowed upon him a posthumous promotion to the rank of investigator.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, or lost a loved one in such an accident, due to the negligent driving behavior of another person, call the motorcycle accident attorneys at Proner and Proner. They will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident, and work tirelessly on your behalf to hold the guilty party accountable. You may be able to recover medical bills, potential future medical expenses, lost earnings, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering.


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