23-year-old charged with vehicular manslaugher and drugged driving in Rt. 304 crash that caused death of married senior couple

Clarkstown PD announced an arrest in the fatal accident that occurred 5:13 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Goebel Rd. and Rt. 304 in New City.

The driver of the black Lincoln MKT has been identified as Matthew Sindone, 23, of Nanuet. He has been charged with vehicular manslaughter 1st (felony), vehicular manslaughter 2nd (felony), criminal possession of controlled substance (misdemeanor), operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs (misdemeanor), aggravated unlicensed operation motor vehicle 3rd (misdemeanor) and traffic device violation: passed a red light (violation).

These charges stem from an investigation and consultation with the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office. Sindone was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court. Bail was set at $750,000. He was transported to the Rockland County Jail. Sindone sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at Nyack Hospital before transport to Clarkstown Police headquarters.

The deceased occupants of the second vehicle were identified as Neil Block, 69, and Aline Block, 68. The married couple resided in New City. Responding New City Fire Department personnel on Sunday utilized the “Jaws of Life” to gain access to the occupants. Neil Block, the driver, was pronounced deceased on the scene. His wife was extricated from the vehicle and removed to a waiting ambulance. Shortly thereafter she was pronounced deceased.

CPD said as the investigation into this horrific crash continues, the initial contributing factor of this accident was that Matthew Sindone allegedly passed a steady red light on Rt. 304 at the intersection of Goebel Rd. It is also alleged that Sindone was impaired by a controlled substance at the time of the collision.

The Clarkstown Police Accident Investigation Team is continuing the investigation, working with the Clarkstown Detective Bureau, Rockland County Medical examiner and the Rockland County District Attorney.

In July 2015 Sindone had been charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for alleged involvement in several car burglaries in Pearl River.


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