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Man Killed After Striking Guardrail On Taconic State Parkway

A Dutchess County man was killed following a medical emergency on the Taconic State Parkway on Sunday.
A Dutchess County man was killed following a medical emergency on the Taconic State Parkway on Sunday. Photo Credit: NYSDOT

A 71-year-old man who may have suffered a medical emergency died Sunday when he lost control of his car near mile marker 18.4 northbound on the Taconic State Parkway in Yorktown, state police said.

William Smith of Hopewell Junction was killed when he struck the center median with his 2003 Ford Taurus around 7:40 p.m., then veered across three lanes and hit the guardrail, said Trooper Melissa McMorris, New York State Police spokeswoman.

Smith was transported to Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt, where he was pronounced dead, McMorris said.

It is unclear if a passenger in the car was injured.

Although the cause of the crash remains under investigation pending an autopsy and toxicology results, a preliminary investigation indicates he may have suffered from a medical emergency, McMorris said.

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