Questions Still Remain in the Aftermath of Fatal Poughkeepsie AccidentAug 4th, 2012 | By Jay Long | Category: Featured Articles, Lead Article
On the day that Shawn and Patricia Wonderly will be laid to rest, the man accused of running a red light and killing the Town of Poughkeepsie couple is due back in court to face two felony manslaughter charges.
22 year old Ryan Floryan was fleeing police when eyewitnesses say he sped up through the intersection of the Eastbound Arterial and Worral Avenue, blowing through a red light and ramming into the Wonderly’s vehicle just before 5:00 PM on Wednesday August 1. Both were front seat occupants in a car that ended up on its roof more than 50 feet from the point of impact. The couple’s two young children were passengers in the back seat of the vehicle and taken to the hospital for minor injuries and released. An autopsy performed on the victims by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner Thursday showed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
At the time of the accident, Floryan was wanted on three separate warrants. One each from the City and Town of Poughkeepsie and a third for a recent parole violation. Police will not say where the chase started or if they were in the process of serving those warrants when the suspect fled the scene. The details of the chase are still not clear, including what officers were involved and how many vehicles were part of the pursuit and at what speeds were reached.
Both the City of Poughkeepsie Police and the Dutchess County District Attorney’s office stated Friday that details of the incident will not be released as the ongoing investigation is underway and neither want to compromise the grand jury investigation. City of Poughkeepsie Administrator Michael Long has said with all of the information he has regarding the incident, proper procedures were followed but would not comment further.
Late Friday afternoon City of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Ronald Knapp released a written statement pertaining to the case. In it, Knapp stated the police department’s initial assessment at this stage indicates that the officers that attempted to stop the suspect vehicle prior to the accident were well within the policy and procedures of the department in their actions. He also reiterated the “extensive investigation” the City Police has been conducting with the assistance of the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office and the Dutchess County Sheriff. A request put into City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik for a statement had not yet been answered at the time of this posting.
With the tragedy still very fresh in the minds of family, friends and local residents, makeshift memorials have been appearing near the accident scene since late Wednesday evening. Flowers, cards and even a spray painted message on the roadway reading “Never Forgotten S.E.W. I Miss You Bro.” A friend of the Wonderly’s told Hudson Valley Insider Thursday that the couple had just relocated back to Poughkeepsie from Florida in the recent weeks.
No matter what the findings of either the Accident Reconstruction or the Grand Jury, a young happy couple lost their lives and their two young children are left without parents.
The wake for Shawn and Patricia Wonderly is Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the William G. Miller and Son Funeral Home on Hooker Avenue in Poughkeepsie. The funeral Mass is set for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Regina Coeli church in Hyde Park.