Car crash sends Ichabod Crane Grad to Albany Med

A 17 year old from Stuyvesant, who just graduated June 23rd from Ichabod Crane high School, if in critical condition at Albany Med, following a one car accident, just after 5pm in the town of Kinderhook this afternoon. Police say, Ethan Cramer lost control of his car on Route 203 and slid off the road, striking a tree at the intersection of Merwin Road. Due to a problem with the helicopter, he was taken to the hospital by Valatie Rescue. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office continues their investigation.

Press release from CCSO:


Kinderhook, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that on July 3, 2017 at approximately 5:16pm, Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched by Columbia County 911 to a one vehicle accident on State Route 203, at the intersection of Merwin Road in the Town of Kinderhook.

Deputies found that a 1998 Volkswagon Beetle, operated by 17 year old Ethan Cramer of Stuyvesant NY, was driving westbound on State Route 203 and exited the north side of the roadway by the intersection with Merwin Road. The vehicle collided with a small sign post and a tree, finally coming to rest after striking a second tree on the driver’s side of the car.

Mr. Cramer was entrapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Chatham and Ghent Fire Departments. Valatie Rescue Squad transported him to Albany Medical Center for serious injuries, where he is currently in stable condition.

There were no passengers in the Volkswagon. At this time, the investigation is continuing and Sheriff’s Office Investigators are looking into the cause of the accident.

State Route 203 was closed from Pinto Ranch Road to McCagg Road for approximately 2 hours.

Valatie Rescue Squad, Chatham Fire Department, Ghent Fire Department, Valatie Fire Department, and members of the Columbia County Fire Coordinator’s Office assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office at the scene are Sheriff David Bartlett, Lieutenant Wayne Lopez, Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh, Investigator Reagan Anderson, Sergeant Jeffrey Hofstetter, and Deputy Jordan Brahm.

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