At least there is one guy off the road.
By Larry Hertz • Poughkeepsie Journal • January 8, 2009
A Putnam County motorist accused of fatally injuring a bicyclist in June in East Fishkill told town police he left the scene of the crash after the accident, according to court documents.
William Mancusi, 32, of Carmel, made a brief appearance in Dutchess County Court Tuesday morning before his case was adjourned until Jan. 13.
According to court papers filed Tuesday morning, Mancusi told East Fishkill police Chief Brian Nichols and Officer Mark Didato he struck the cyclist, 48-year-old Alfred Poggiogalle of Hopewell Junction, with his van while he was driving on Route 52 June 12. He reportedly told police he left the scene of the crash to make a phone call at a nearby delicatessen, then returned.
Police later determined Mancusi had marijuana, morphine and traces of codeine in his bloodstream at the time of the accident. He was subsequently charged with vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, both felonies.
The victim's widow, Cindy Poggiogalle, attended Tuesday's brief proceeding before County Court Judge Thomas J. Dolan.
Following the court session, she issued a statement on behalf of the family that read, in part, "Our family is appreciative of the hard work that the East Fishkill police department and the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office have done. ... The only acceptable outcome will be the maximum sentence allowed under the law."
Mancusi faces up to 21/3 to seven years in prison if he is convicted of the crime.