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UPDATE: Police still probing Hillsdale fatal


HILLSDALE—An investigation by State Police at Livingston into the cause of a two-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a five-year-old Massachusetts girl on Thanksgiving eve is continuing.

So far, police have determined that at about 9:15 p.m., a 2006 Toyota Sienna minivan operated by Ronald Baron, 56, of South Egremont, MA, was traveling east on State Route 23 behind a Town of Hillsdale snow plow truck, operated by Jamie Robinson, 37, of Hillsdale, also eastbound.

Near Bushnell Road, the Baron minivan struck the rear of the truck resulting in the death of Mr. Baron’s five-year-old daughter, who was in a car seat in the row of seats behind the front seat. Mr. Baron’s 14-year-old daughter, who was also seated in that row, suffered serious spinal cord injuries and remains hospitalized at Albany Medical Center.

Mr. Baron and his wife, Irit Baniel, 49, suffered less serious injuries and were also treated at Albany Medical Center.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Livingston, in conjunction with the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, are working on the case.
Anyone who saw either of the vehicles prior to the collision is asked to call State Police at 518 851-3111.

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