Charges likely in fatal Poughkeepsie crash

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Authorities later Thursday are expected to release the name of the driver they say is responsible for a horrific crash that left two people dead and five injured Wednesday after a police chase in downtown Poughkeepsie.

The chase began at 4:37 p.m. Wednesday when city police tried to stop a vehicle weaving in and out of traffic on the city's eastbound arterial, Det. Lt. Edward Freer said in a news release. The vehicle accelerated and sped through a red light on the arterial at the intersection of Worrall Avenue, striking another car.

The two front-seat occupants of the car that was hit were killed, police said. Two children in the rear seat of the car were brought to Saint Francis Hospital in the town of Poughkeepsie. Both passengers in the suspect's car also were taken to Saint Francis, said police, who would not comment further on the conditions of the injured.

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The driver expected to be charged was taken to an unidentified hospital, police said.

The identities of the victims are being withheld for 24 hours pending notification of families, police said. Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call police at 845-451-4142.

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