Oklahoma woman charged in fatal Newburgh wrong-way crash
An Oklahoma woman has been indicted in a wrong-way crash that killed a woman in the Town of Newburgh over the summer.
Town of Newburgh police say 44-year-old Nicholle Hoke, from Shawnee, Oklahoma, was taken into custody last month after a joint investigation with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Hoke is charged with vehicular manslaughter for allegedly causing a collision on June 24 on 9W, near Conway Road, that claimed the life of 61-year-old Laura Chavez-Aralos, who was from Kingston.
Authorities say Hoke crashed her 2003 Kia Forte head-on into a 2021 Honda CRV that Chavez-Aralos was a passenger in and injured several people, including the driver, 50-year-old Samuel Daniel-Magos, and several other passengers.
According to online arrest records obtained by News 12, Hoke was arrested Oct. 18 in Pottawatomie City, Oklahoma.
Police say she is currently being held in custody out of state and is awaiting extradition to Orange County for a future court date.