HEAT ALERT

Extreme heat blankets the region; heat advisory, air quality alert issued for the Hudson Valley

Deadly plane crash victim treated at Westchester Medical Center

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.

News 12 Staff

Aug 19, 2019, 9:45 AM

Updated 1,766 days ago

Share:

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.
WATCH: Chopper video over scene of plane crash into home (Video Courtesy NBC 4 New York)
 
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.
 
 


More from News 12
2:05
HEAT ALERT: Heat advisory and air quality alert in effect as temperature to feel around 100

HEAT ALERT: Heat advisory and air quality alert in effect as temperature to feel around 100

2:07
Westchester County opens pools and beaches early as intense heat grips region

Westchester County opens pools and beaches early as intense heat grips region

2:46
‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

0:55
Headlines: Woman stabbed in Newburgh, Peekskill homicide, driver injured as power lines fall on car

Headlines: Woman stabbed in Newburgh, Peekskill homicide, driver injured as power lines fall on car

0:31
Dollar Tree left lead-tainted applesauce pouches on store shelves for weeks after recall, FDA says

Dollar Tree left lead-tainted applesauce pouches on store shelves for weeks after recall, FDA says

0:20
Kingston road closure for new lane markings

Kingston road closure for new lane markings

0:28
Voters in 3 districts approve school budgets after earlier rejections

Voters in 3 districts approve school budgets after earlier rejections

0:46
Bedford police officers honored for saving family from house fire

Bedford police officers honored for saving family from house fire

0:53
Heat prompts graduation move for Orange-Ulster BOCES students

Heat prompts graduation move for Orange-Ulster BOCES students

0:48
Westchester County takes steps to protect domestic violence survivors

Westchester County takes steps to protect domestic violence survivors

2:06
Tara Rosenblum discusses exclusive News 12 investigation 'When Home Hurts'

Tara Rosenblum discusses exclusive News 12 investigation 'When Home Hurts'

2:28
Walt Kane discusses KIYC documentary on New Jersey’s treatment of sex assault survivors

Walt Kane discusses KIYC documentary on New Jersey’s treatment of sex assault survivors

1:34
What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's Sunday sauce

What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's Sunday sauce

9:43:53
12 tips to help keep your pets cool during the dog days of summer

12 tips to help keep your pets cool during the dog days of summer

1:49
Yonkers police find no validity in alleged bomb threat

Yonkers police find no validity in alleged bomb threat

0:45
Veteran Westchester firefighter dies after two-year battle with 9/11-related cancer

Veteran Westchester firefighter dies after two-year battle with 9/11-related cancer

1:29
Police: 1 of 2 students involved in Bedford car crash dies from injuries

Police: 1 of 2 students involved in Bedford car crash dies from injuries

1:52
Asbestos discovery in East Ramapo schools prompts parents, NYCLU to rally

Asbestos discovery in East Ramapo schools prompts parents, NYCLU to rally

1:33
59-year-old Marlboro woman stabbed outside of watermelon truck in Newburgh

59-year-old Marlboro woman stabbed outside of watermelon truck in Newburgh

1:38
Poughkeepsie sustainable farmers race against heat to protect themselves, crops

Poughkeepsie sustainable farmers race against heat to protect themselves, crops