Haverstraw, NY Car Crashes Into Concrete Structure, Dec 1959


Haverstraw, N.Y. (AP) - An accident at Haverstraw, following a family's Christmas visit to Pedro Cruz, 35, a prisoner in Wallkill State Prison north of here, killed eight. Included were the prisoner's six children, his mother, sister and brother-in-law.
The dead were listed as the car's driver, EUGENIO COLON, 51, and his wife, AIDA, 40, of The Bronx; CRUZ' sister, AIDA PAGAN, 20, and her husband, SEGISMUNDO PAGAN, 38, of Manhattan; CRUZ' mother, MRS. LEOPOLDA CRUZ, 60, of Manhattan; and CRUZ' children, JOSE, 5; LUIS, 7, and EUGENIO, 4.
The three youngsters in Good Samaritan are MARIA, 9; Luis, 7, and EUGENIO, 4.

Car Skidded.
Police said the car, about five years old, was going south on Route 9W when it skidded and struck a 10-foot-square structure used by a rock quarry firm for access to a conveyor belt which carries stone under the road to Hudson River barges. Haverstraw is on the Hudson, about 35 miles north of New York City.
The youngsters in the car were being returned to a home for children south of Haverstraw.
Pedro Cruz is serving a sentence for the fatal stabbing of his wife in 1958. He was sent to Wallkill, a medium security prison, last year.
Since then he has been writing to St. Dominic's Home at Blauvelt, N.Y., to get permission for the children to visit him.
Sister Thomasita, head of the school's social service, arranged to have the six Cruz children picked up Christmas morning by their aunt and grandmother so they could visit their father.

The Times Record Troy New York 1959-12-26