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Stony Point Man Charged with Felony DWI in Head-On Crash on Route 9W

Michael Coyle also accused of reckless driving in Friday evening incident.

A Stony Point man who has been previously convicted of drunken driving today faces felony DWI and vehicular assault charges after he struck an on-coming car on Route 9W Friday night, seriously injuring himself and an Orange County woman, according to Stony Point Police.

The Orange County woman, Alysoun J. Sherwood, 48, of Higland Falls, was originally taken to Nyack Hospital for treatment but was later transferred to Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla. Police said Sherwood is in serious, but stable condition.

Michael Coyle, 45, of 156 N. Liberty Drive, Stony Point, is accused of driving a 2012 Hyundai on southbound Route 9W not far from his home when at around 5 p.m. when he crossed into the northbound lane — hitting Sherwood head-on.

Coyle was also taken to Nyack Hospital for treatment, where police said he is also in serious, but stable condition. Coyle also remains in custody of Stony Point Police and faces arraignment on charges including:

- Driving while intoxicated, a felony. Police said Coyle has previously been convicted of DWI within the past 10 years, making the current charge as felony instead of a misdemeanor.

- Aggravated vehicular assault, a felony

- Reckless driving

- Numerous vehicle and traffic offenses.

Stony Point Lt. Keith Williams said additional charges against Coyle are being considered.

The serious accident required an investigation by the Stony Point Police accident reconstruction team, with assistance at the scene of the crash from the Rockland County Sheriff's Department Bureau of Criminal Identification, the New York State Police, members of Rockland Paramedics, volunteers of the Stony Point Fire Department and volunteers of the Stony Point Ambulance Corps.

Joan K February 23, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Nice mug shot. Wonder how many prior DWIs he has.
Phil Costa February 24, 2013 at 03:47 AM
My prayers for Ms. Sherwood and the Family. Get well quickly.
Concerned Worker February 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Prayers being said for Ms. Sherwood and her family from my family as well. Also want to thank the Stony Point Fire Department for their speedy efforts.
S.Diamond February 25, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Our prayers to Bill and Sue from our family and friends here.
Gerry Bierker February 25, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Alysoun is a strong tough person. With prayers and outstanding support from familyand friends she will soon resume her life and contribution

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