The driver who police say caused a collision that killed two people and injured five in the City of Poughkeepsie Wednesday was wanted for a parole violation at the time of the crash, police said.
Ryan M. Floryan, 22, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, was arraigned in Poughkeepsie City Court Thursday and charged with two counts of felony second-degree manslaughter in the deaths of Shawn E. Wonderly, 37, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, and his wife Patricia L. Wonderly, 39, city police said.
Police said Floryan was wanted by the state Division of Parole for a parole violation and had two other pending warrants, one in Poughkeepsie City Court and one in Poughkeepsie Town Court.
His next court appearance in the case is Tuesday, his 23rd birthday.
According to a database of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Floryan was paroled from the medium-security Franklin Correctional Facility in Malone, on March 9 of this year, after serving more than 20 months on a conviction for second-degree attempted robbery.
The chase that led to the tragedy began at 4:37 p.m. Wednesday, when city police tried to stop Floryan, who they said was driving aggressively and weaving in and out of traffic along the city's eastbound arterial. Floryan accelerated and sped through a red light at the intersection of Worrall Avenue, striking the Wonderlys' car, police said.
Their two children, Abigail, 8, and Matthew, 7, who were in the backseat, were taken to Saint Francis Hospital in the Town of Poughkeepsie and released after being treated for minor injuries, police said.
Both passengers in Floryan's car were taken to Saint Francis Hospital; one remained hospitalized as of Thursday night, police said. Their names have not been released.
Floryan was taken to an unidentified hospital and was released to police custody after treatment, police said. He remains in Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond. He does not yet have an attorney listed, according to Poughkeepsie City Court.
Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call City of Poughkeepsie police at 845-451-4142.