TIVOLI, N.Y. -- Two pedestrians who were students at Bard College were killed Friday night in a hit-and-run, authorities say.
driver of the car that left the scene was located by authorities and
has been charged in connection with the accident, the Dutchess County
Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Carol Boeck, 63, of Red
Hook, N.Y. was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, a class E
felony due to a prior conviction, and first-degree vehicular
manslaughter. Boeck was arraigned at the Village of Tivoli Court and
released Saturday on $50,000 bail, officials said. She's due back in
The accident occurred in the Village of Tivoli at approximately 11:50 p.m.
The two victims were identified as Evelina Brown, 20, of Seattle and Sarah McCausland, 19, of Winnetka, Ill.
Another student, Selena Frandsen, suffered a non-life-threatening
injury to her knee, said Capt. John Watterson of the Dutchess County
Sheriff's Office. She was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital.
senseless and tragic incident impacts so many and we pray for those who
will feel this loss in their hearts," Tivoli Mayor Bryan Cranna said in
a statement. "Let us also remember and commend our first responders
that were on the scene."
McCausland worked at the Enchanted Cafe
in Red Hook. Owner Joe Moscato's eyes welled with tears as he recalled
seeing her Friday afternoon, when she stopped in to pick up her tips.
was someone who had a lot of integrity," Moscato said. "She was the
kind of person who would do the right thing when no one was looking."
preliminary investigation showed that the three were walking northbound
on State Route 9G, just north of Broadway, when they were struck by a
southbound vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said.
Before the victims'
names were released, Leon Botstein, president of the small liberal arts
college located along the Hudson River, released a statement urging
students to "reassure their parents as we wait for further details and
news of the tragedy becomes public."
Multiple student services
will be available over the next two days, where students can gather for
information and support, he added.
Bard College spokesman Mark Primoff said there were no immediate
plans for a memorial service and that senior faculty were meeting to
determine the next steps.
County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro
directed the Dutchess County Trauma Team to respond and offer crisis
counseling and ongoing support.
Sitting in the Bard College
center, Mallory Thompson, a freshman from Torrence, Calif., said she
learned of the tragedy after a friend called Saturday morning. She said
she had met the victims, but did not know them well.
necessarily know them very well, Thompson said, "but you know you have
interacted with them -- and suddenly they are just gone. It's very sad."