Police make an arrest in the case of a 24 year old woman found dead Easter morning on a Cornwall road. Our John Wagner has the details.
CORNWALL, N.Y. -- The day after a body is found lying dead Easter morning on the Quaker Avenue off-ramp of 9W south, New York State Police identify the victim as Veronica Gutierrez, 24, a Monroe resident and fashion buff.
"I was just so very happy for her that she was doing so well and she was planning to work in the field of fashion," said Veronica's fifth grade school teacher Terry Baecher.
Police say they've arrested Baruch Emmanuel, 29, of Danbury, Connecticut, for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, which is a Class D felony. Veronica and Baruch were seen together with friends before police found her body at 6:00 am.
"An extremely dark area, unlit, and not a normal place where pedestrians would be walking," explained New York State Police Captain Joseph Tripodo. "There's an extremely small area between the shoulder and the guiderail."
Emmanuel is also charged with bail jumping in the third degree for a DWI offense in October of last year. He was arraigned in Wallkill court and is being held at the Orange County Jail. The Gutierrez family said Emmanuel was Veronica's boyfriend.
"We do not know how exactly she got there," said Captain Tripodo. "We don't know the circumstances leading up to how she was runover while she was in the roadway, but that part of the investigation is ongoing."
Although police believe Veronica was run over, the autopsy did not determine blunt force trauma as the cause of death and will now wait weeks for toxicology results. Police are asking anyone with information to contact their Montgomery Barracks.
"Veronica was such a sweet and lovely person," said Baecher. "She'll always have a special place in my heart, always."