CLAVERACK — A Stuyvesant man was killed Tuesday night after the SUV he was driving veered out of control and crashed into the parking lot of a Mexican restaurant in Claverack, police said.
Ronald E. Moore, 73, drove his 1999 Chevrolet Suburban off Route 9H, struck another vehicle and caused a pile-up in the parking lot of Coyote Flaco at 6032 Route 9H, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash occurred north of Van Wyck Lane at about 6:49 p.m.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was investigating Wednesday to determine the cause of the crash.
As of Wednesday afternoon, investigators believe Moore drove his vehicle off the road after a medical issue that caused him to lose control, according to police.
Moore struck a 2015 Jeep driven by Steven A. Hart, 54, of Hudson. The impact caused Hart’s Jeep to collide with two unoccupied cars — a 2015 Toyota Highlander and a 2011 Toyota Sienna. The impact pushed the Sienna into an unoccupied Kia station wagon.
Hart and Moore were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital by the Greenport Rescue Squad.
Moore was pronounced dead at the hospital. An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted Wednesday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Hart was treated at Columbia Memorial for chest pains.
There were no passengers in either Hart’s or Moore’s vehicle.
Columbia County Coroner James Bertram is assisting with the investigation. Greenport Rescue Squad and Claverack Fire Company assisted at the scene.
Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett, Undersheriff John Davi, Capt. John DeRocha, Senior Investigator William Foster, Investigator Patrick Logue, Sgt. Eli Fieser, and deputies Daniel Keyser and Patrick McMahon assisted in the investigation from the sheriff’s office.
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