Police ID 2 Kingston HS students killed in multi-vehicle crash

Police ID 2 Kingston HS students killed in multi-vehicle crash

A third student was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, school officials said.

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SCHANDAKEN, N.Y. — Two Kingston High School students were killed and one was hospitalized after a multi-vehicle crash Monday morning on State Route 28 in the town of Shandaken.

New York State Police said the accident occurred between three passenger cars and a trailer. It happened just before 9 a.m. on Monday.

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The initial investigation found that a Volvo tractor-trailer, driven by Ramon Luna Luna, 54, of the Bronx, was traveling eastbound when he saw a Honda parked in the roadway waiting to turn north onto Route 212.

The tractor-trailer hit the Honda in the rear and then crossed the double yellow line in the westbound lane and struck a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe head-on, causing the tractor-trailer to overturn, police said.

A fourth vehicle, a 2018 Audi SQ5, traveling west, collided with the tractor trailer.

All three occupants of the Hyundai were juniors at Kingston High School.

Dillon Gokey, 16, of Kingston, and Jack Noble, 17, of Port Ewen, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Joseph Sipsi, 17, of Port Ewen, was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center with serious injuries not considered life-threatening.

LunaLuna was taken to Kingston Hospital for evaluation. The Audi’s operator was not injured.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

In a message on the Kingston City School District’s website, Superintendent Paul Padalino said the district recognizes that such events can evoke a range of emotions and may be challenging for students, staff and families.

“KCSD’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team – made up of social workers, psychologists, nurses, counselors and trained safety staff – has been deployed to assist students, staff and families through traumatic times,” he said.

The team will be available in all buildings until further notice, and those who need can access these resources by contacting Kingston High School Principal Rachel Skorka at 845-943-3701.

“We encourage families to talk openly with their children about their feelings and reassure them that it is okay to ask for help if necessary,” Padalino said.

He also said parents should pay attention to any signs of distress or changes in behavior their children may be showing and reach out to school counselors or administration for help.

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