Deadly plane crash victim treated at Westchester Medical Center

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New York State Police investigators say they have tentatively identified the people involved in a crash that happened at 235 South Smith Road in the town of Union Vale just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

According to aviation officials, the plane had just taken off from Dutchess County at the Sky Acres Airport in Lagrangeville.  It was headed for Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, Long Island when the plane had engine trouble and went down.

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The pilot of the Cesna T303 Crusader who died at the scene is tentatively identified as 61-year-old Francisco Knipping-Diaz, of Woodmere, New York. His two passengers were identified as 50-year-old Eduardo Tio, also of Woodmere, and 52-year-old Teoflio Antonio Diaz Pratt, of the Dominican Republic.

Investigators say both men sustained injuries that are not life-threatening.

At the time of the crash, investigators say there were three people inside the home.

Gerard Bocker, 61, has been tentatively identified pending confirmation at autopsy.


Also in the home was 21-year-old Hannah Bocker, who was critically injured and is at Westchester Medical Center.  Hannah's 30-year-old sister, Sarah Bocker, was also home at the time of the crash. Police say she sustained injuries that are not life-threatening.

Sarah Bocker posted the following statement on Facebook today. 


Jim McCarthy, a close friend of Jerry Bocker, added, "Nobody will ever forget Jerry. When you think about Jerry Bocker, he's definitely an original. We all miss him already. Just a lot of love there. I worked with Jerry for 15 years. We were both in a phone company for over 30 years. We retired on the same day together. We were friends from the first day until the last day."

Dutchess County officials say they are doing all they can to help. "We've dispatched the Dutchess County mobile intervention team, our mental health and first aid division to assist families and individuals who may need that assistance," says Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. 

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash. The NTSB, the FAA, as well as New York State Police, are working the investigation.



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