Arkville man killed in Route 28 accident

By Brian Sweeney
Jordan SoderbackJordan SoderbackA 19-year-old Arkville man was killed August 10 in an automobile accident on Route 28 near Boiceville.

Justin Soderback was ejected from a vehicle operated by another Arkville resident, Erica M. Miller. Police said the vehicle rolled over and pinned Soderback. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ulster County Sheriff’s Deputies indicated that Miller was driving west on Route 28 and swerved to avoid traffic that had slowed in front of her. She then lost control of her sport utility vehicle, which overturned and came to rest on its roof. Soderback, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was thrown out and the vehicle landed on top of him.

Other passengers included three other Arkville residents - Miller’s brother, Shawn Scudder, 24, Diane Fairbairn, 18, and Miller’s five-year-old daughter.

The driver and the passengers were all treated and released from Kingston Hospital.
Miller was charged with driving with ability impaired by drugs and endangering the welfare of a child. Police said that she was driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

Miller was arraigned in Hurley Town Court and remanded to Ulster County Jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail.

She was additionally cited for being an unlicensed operator, following too closely and for having unsafe tires.

The accident occurred near DeSilva Road, just east of Boiceville.

Personnel from the Olive Police Department, N.Y. State Police, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the Olive Fire Department and Olive Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.