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Double-Fatal Crash Suspect Had Been Charged In Pearl River Car Break-Ins

Matthew Sindone, 23
Matthew Sindone, 23 Photo Credit: Clarkstown Police Department
Route 304 and Goebel Road in New City
Route 304 and Goebel Road in New City Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- The 23-year-old Nanuet driver who was charged with two counts of felony vehicular manslaughter after police say he drove through a red light on Route 304 on Sunday in a double-fatal New City crash had been previously arrested.

Matthew Sindone, 23, was arrested two years ago by the Orangetown Police for allegedly breaking into numerous cars in Pearl River.

Related story: Nanuet Man Impaired By Drugs Charged In Double-Fatal Crash, Police Say

Following Sunday's crash, Sindone was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and traffic device violations, police said.

Sindone was driving a black Lincoln MKT when he ran a red light on Route 304 at the intersection of Goebel Road, slamming into a Toyota Camry containing New City residents Neil Block, 69, and Aline Block, 68, killing both, said Officer Peter Walker with the Clarkstown Police Department.

Sindone was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and traffic device violations, police said.

Walker added 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.

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