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Man charged with vehicular manslaughter in fatal Dutchess County crash

FISHKILL – The driver of a car that crossed lanes on Route 9 in the Town of Fishkill Saturday morning has now been charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Fishkill Town Police said a car driven by Richard Wright, 19, of Mohegan Lake, was southbound on Route 9 near the Putnam County line at 7:30 a.m. when he crossed into the opposite lane of travel and struck a car head on.

The oncoming vehicle was driven by Miguel Santos, 67, of Cold Spring, who was with his wife, Helen Santos, 65.

Helen was transported to MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center in Poughkeepsie where she died. Miguel Santos was transported to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla with serious injuries.

Wright was charged with vehicular manslaughter, vehicular assault, DWI and failure to keep right.  He is in the Dutchess County jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.