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Police investigate fatal crash in Craryville

May 13, 2019 10:24 am

COPAKE — An autopsy is scheduled Monday for the victim of a fatal two-car crash on Route 23 on Saturday, police said.

Jamie Wing, 42, of Norwalk, Connecticut, was killed in the crash on State Route 23 on Saturday just before midnight, according to a statement from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened east of County Route 7, according to the sheriff’s office. Wing was driving a 2008 Toyota Highlander when he crossed over the center lane and into oncoming traffic, striking a 2007 Saab, police said. Police are still investigating why Wing crossed into the eastbound lane.

Wing’s vehicle went over a guard rail before striking a utility pole, police said.

Wing was extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel and taken by Community Rescue Squad to Columbia Memorial Health, where he was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the Saab, Harle Edwards, 28, of Craryville, suffered facial injuries and a broken arm in the crash. He was taken to Albany Medical Center by Greenport Rescue Squad.

The accident is still under investigation by sheriff’s deputies and investigators, and the Sheriff’s Accident/Incident Investigation Unit. Columbia County Coroner Bernadette Powis is also investigating. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

State Route 23 was closed for approximately three-and-a-half hours during the investigation.

Community Rescue Squad, Greenport Rescue Squad, Craryville Fire Company, Hillsdale Fire Company, and State Police assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Capt. John DeRocha, Lt. Wayne Lopez, Senior Investigator William Foster, investigators William Dunspaugh and Ian Boehme, Deputies Daniel Keyser, Matthew Leonard, Patrick Mayo, and Patrick McMahon.

Check back for more information on this developing story.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to, or tweet to @amandajpurcel.