Arrest Made in Route 9 Fatal Crash

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports an arrest as a result of a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on November 11, 2023, at approximately 9:45 pm in the Town of Philipstown.

An investigation by Sheriff's Office Patrol and Bureau of Criminal Investigation members who were at the scene determined that a vehicle being driven by 56-year-old Marcos Martinez of Hopewell Junction was northbound on Route 9 near Stone Ridge Road when it crossed over the double yellow line and struck a southbound vehicle head-on. The driver of the southbound vehicle, 52-year-old Joe Stubblefeild, of Cortlandt Manor, was pronounced dead at the scene, and a seven-year-old passenger, who was in the rear seat, was transported by ambulance to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Martinez was arrested for Vehicular Manslaughter in the 2nd degree, a class D Felony, Misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated, and Failure to Use Designated Lane, a Traffic Infraction. He was arraigned in the Town of Philipstown Court and was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond. The roadway was closed until approximately 3 am, while the investigation was completed with the assistance of the New York State Police Crash Investigation Unit. Also on scene were the Garrison Fire and Ambulance members, Philipstown Ambulance, and Medics 1 and 2.

The investigation is continuing, and the Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Putnam County District Attorney's Office.