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Newburgh man charged in Montgomery fatal accident

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A Newburgh man is facing a series of charges, including vehicular manslaughter, after police say he caused a fatal car crash in the Town of Montgomery Wednesday night. YNN's Meredith Zaritheny has more.

MONTGOMERY, N.Y. -- Thomas Gabrynowicz, 35, was arraigned in Town of Montgomery Court on numerous charges after police say he caused a fatal car accident Wednesday night.

"The damage of the vehicle was extensive," said Arnold Amthor, Town of Montgomery Police Chief.

The crash happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday on Route 17K at the intersection of Browns Road. Police say Gabrynowicz hit Robert Cruver, 53, from behind as he was turning onto Browns Road.

"Mr. Cruver's vehicle was forced into the oncoming lane, into the westbound lane of Route 17K and was struck, made contact with the bus that was coming in the opposite direction," said Chief Amthor.

Cruver was taken to Orange Regional Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. Two passengers on the bus were also taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

"Based upon an investigation done by the officers and the department here that he was under the influence of drugs at that point, it was driving while intoxicated drugs," said Chief Amthor.

Gabrynowicz pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter, as well as driving while intoxicated drugs, along with multiple vehicle and traffic violations.

"We believe the evidence will show while this is a tragic accident and our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and his friends, that we'll be able to establish that not in any way was this a criminal event that occurred," said John Fallon, Gabrynowicz attorney.

Police say the accident is currently under investigation by the department's accident reconstruction team. The judge set Gabrynowicz's bail at $50,000 cash and $100,000 bond. His attorney says the City of Newburgh resident has no criminal record.

Gabrynowicz is due back in court for a preliminary hearing later this month.

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