GERMANTOWN, N.Y. - A community is grieving after a star baseball player dies in a car accident. Monday night, friends and family of 21-year-old Max Kelly came together for a private vigil at the Germantown Central School building.
Around 1:30 a.m. on December 31st, the New York State Police responded to State Route 9 in the Town of Livingston to a call about an automobile accident. Police say the investigation at the scene revealed that a 2003 Toyota struck a utility pole. Police say in the rear seat passenger was Kelly.
Kelly had to be extricated from the vehicle by Livingston Fire Department and was treated by Northern Dutchess Paramedics prior to being transported to Albany Medical Center with extensive injuries where he later died.
Police say the driver 19-year-old Thomas Griffin, was charged with DWI and Vehicular Assault 2nd-degree. Griffin was arraigned in the Town of Greenport and released on his own recognizance. Further charges are anticipated.
Kelly's baseball coach at Columbia Greene Community College said, "Obviously everyone was in disbelief and struck them hard. Many players grew up with Max." He was the proud captain of the Twins Baseball team.
Calling hours will be held at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes in Red Hook on Thursday from 3-6 p.m. Funeral Services will follow at the same location on Thursday at 6 p.m.
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