Off-duty NY CO in critical condition after motorcycle crash

David Snell, 62, was wearing a helmet but suffered trauma to his head; an investigation into the crash is ongoing


By Rachel Ettlinger
The Times Herald-Record

WARWICK, N.Y. — An Orange County corrections officer remains in critical condition after being involved in a motorcycle accident while off-duty on Saturday. 

David Snell, 62, of Warwick, was riding a 1990 Harley Davidson onto I-84 at around 4 p.m. Saturday when he collided with a 2018 Ford Explorer, according to a press release from State Police Troop F issued Monday afternoon. The SUV was traveling in the eastbound, right lane near the exit 15B on/off ramp, toward 17M west in Middletown, police said.

Snell was wearing a helmet but suffered trauma to his head, according to State Police Troop F spokesman Steven Nevel. Two troopers arrived to the scene of the serious motorcycle crash and began live-saving measures, including chest compressions, until Snell began to breathe again, Nevel said. 

The Orange County Corrections Officers Benevolent Association posted a statement early Sunday morning showing support for Snell. 

"We are asking for prayers from everyone," the statement read. "One of our members, Officer David Snell was involved in a motor vehicle accident yesterday on interstate 84 while off duty. Any and all prayers are greatly appreciated at this time."

Snell was transported by Mobile Life ambulance to Garnet Medical Center in the town of Wallkill, where he is still listed as of Monday in critical condition, police said. New Hampton Fire Department also assisted state police at the scene.

State police said the investigation into the crash is ongoing. No tickets have been issued as of Monday, according to Nevel. The SUV had some damage but the motorcycle was totaled, Nevel said. 

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call state police in Middletown at 845-344-5300 and reference SJS 9816756. 

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