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Amenia farm worker loses life after tragic off-road car crash near Poplar Hill Road

AMENIA — Just days after the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office announced the tragic death of 2-year-old Ellie Dunlop following an automobile accident on Route 22 in Amenia on Thursday, Oct. 8, it again reported another fatality; this time resulting from a one-car off-road crash, which took place on Monday evening, Oct. 12, at roughly 5:50 p.m. 

According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of a serious crash at the Benson Farm, located at 355 Poplar Hill Road in Amenia. A preliminary investigation found that 50-year-old Matthew Hadley was operating a 2018 Jeep in a field “when he lost control of the vehicle and was partially ejected,” according the police report. Hadley, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Capt. John Watterson of the Sheriff’s Office confirmed in an email on Thursday, Oct. 15, that Hadley “lived on the farm because he had recently taken a job there.”

The Sheriff’s Office stated that “at this time, the primary contributing factors appear to be reckless operation in off-road conditions and lack of seatbelt use.”

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene were the Dutchess County Medical Examiner, the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, the New York State Police, the Wassaic Fire Department, the Amenia Fire Department, the Dover Fire Department, Amenia Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Northern Dutchess EMS. 

The Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau and Crash Investigation Unit is continuing its investigation and will release more information as it becomes available. 

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