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Poughkeepsie man on stolen cycle hits woman, cops say

A Poughkeepsie man faces additional charges after allegedly plowing a motorcycle into a woman this weekend, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department said.

Detectives learned 26-year-old Daniel Rodriguez was riding a stolen bike when he struck a 22-year-old woman Saturday at 11:40 p.m. on Fairview Avenue, near the border between the Town and City of Poughkeepsie.

The victim was seriously injured and was rushed to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She's still in the hospital with broken bones, broken vertebrae and cuts. She also suffered a concussion in the collision, cops said.

Rodriguez suffered a concussion and deep cuts to his face and mouth, police said. He was treated and released from Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers in Poughkeepsie.

The motorcycle Rodriguez was riding was reported stolen from Elizabeth City, N.J., in 2010, according to police. Rodriguez was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in addition to earlier charges of unlicensed driving, driving without insurance and reckless driving.

It was not immediately clear whether Rodriguez remained in Dutchess County Jail. Attempts to reach his attorney were unsuccessful.

Detectives are still looking for a person who was on the motorcycle with Rodriguez before the crash. That person ran from the scene, cops said.

Anyone with information on the collision can call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3680. All calls will be kept confidential.


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