On August 4, 2021, the New York State Police at Middletown investigated a motor vehicle collision in the eastbound lanes of State Route 17 in the town of Wallkill between exits 118 and 119. The collision resulted in the deaths of Maria Abrigo Morocho, age 36; Jorge Eduardo Paqui Gualan, age 30, and Nelson Ivan Vivar Campoverde, age 48, all of Middletown.
They were traveling in the same vehicle, a 2004 Ford Sienna minivan. Four other passengers in the Toyota sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision and were hospitalized. A second vehicle involved in the collision was operated by Anthony Jones, age 24 of Walden,. He was treated for complaints of pain, transported to a local hospital, and released. The ensuing investigation conducted by State Police and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office determined that the collision was the result of reckless and negligent actions by Jones, and that he was responsible for causing the collision.
The case was presented to an Orange County Grand Jury resulting in a fourteen-count indictment charging Jones with several counts of Manslaughter 2nd Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, and Criminally Negligent Homicide, felonies, and Assault 3rd Degree, a misdemeanor. Jones was arrested by State Police on September 12, 2022.
He was arraigned in Orange County Court on September 13 and remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail, $50,000 partially secured bond, or $100,000 bond.