Dutchess County Man Charged With Manslaughter For Fatal Accident That Killed Two in PoughkeepsieAug 2nd, 2012 | By Jay Long | Category: Featured Articles, Lead Article
The driver of a car that struck another, causing the death of two occupants Wednesday in the City of Poughkeepsie, has been charged with two counts of felony manslaughter.
22 year old Ryan Floryan of the Town of Poughkeepsie appeared in City of Poughkeepsie court today before Judge Frank M. Mora, where the charges were read. He was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond. Floryan is due back in court August 7 at 11 AM.
Police were in pursuit of the vehicle Floryan was driving when he fled, weaving in and out of traffic before he sped up and failed to stop for the red light at the intersection of Baker Street and Worrall Avenue slamming into a crossing vehicle.
The two front seat passengers of the stricken car, Shawn Wonderly and his wife Patricia DeSantola Wonderly, were both killed. The couples two children, both back seat passengers, were injured and taken to Saint Francis Hospital. The extent of their injuries were not released. Hudson Valley Insider has learned that the couple had just relocated back to the area from Florida within the last couple of weeks.
Floryan and his two passengers were also taken to the hospital and treated for injuries. At the time of this report one of those passengers remains hospitalized.
City of Poughkeepsie police are not saying if it was a routine traffic stop or if Floryan’s fleeing was due to him being tipped off of being wanted. At the time of the accident police said he was wanted by the state Division of Parole for a violation and had an additional two warrants, one each in the City and Town of Poughkeepsie.
Floryan was on parole for a 20o9 attempted robbery and assault of a delivery driver in the Town of Poughkeepsie, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. He was released on March 9 of this year.