CHESTERTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police are investigating a fatal crash near Exit 25 northbound on the Northway.

Police say just after 8 a.m., troopers observed a vehicle traveling in excess of 90 MPH in a work zone.

Troopers tried to stop the vehicle for speeding, but the driver, 30-year-old Skyler Crouse, is accused of continuing at a high rate of speed.

Law enforcement pursued Crouse for several miles and used a tire deflation device to deflate the vehicle’s tires just south of exit 25.

Skyler Crouse

Police say with one tire deflated Crouse exited the Northway at Exit 25, still traveling at a high rate of speed, struck another vehicle on the off-ramp, killing the driver, 38-year-old Joseph Turcotte.

Police say Crouse then continued across Route 8, with his vehicle coming to a rest on the northbound entrance ramp.

State Police have charged Crouse with the following: Manslaughter 2nd degree (C felony), Reckless Endangerment 1st degree (D felony), Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 1st degree (D felony), and Resisting Arrest (A misdemeanor), and Harassment 2nd degree, a violation, after he spit on a member of the media that was covering his arraignment.
Crouse was arraigned at Warren County Centralized Arraignment Part and remanded to Warren County Jail without bail.