⬜ A NJ driver was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Dutchess County, NY

⬜ Police say the victim’s van was hit by an SUV reported stolen in CT

⬜ The driver of the stolen SUV was a 14-year-old juvenile

A Middlesex County man was killed in a crash in New York’s Hudson Valley, in which his van was hit by a stolen SUV driven by a 14-year-old, police have confirmed.

According to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, 49-year-old Jonathan A. Keich, of the Fords section of Woodbridge, was driving on Tuesday just before 6:30 a.m in Rhinebeck.

Keich was in a 2017 Chevrolet van northbound on Route 9 when it was struck head-on by a southbound 2015 Toyota 4Runner - later confirmed stolen from Connecticut.

Keich, an Army veteran, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friends gathered on Thursday at JR's Pub in Fords to remember Keich, a longtime regular there who "will be missed by all."

SUV in fatal crash was among several stolen overnight in NY, CT

The 14-year-old juvenile driving the SUV was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and then taken to a juvenile detention center, pending further investigation.

The 4Runner was among several reported stolen from the area between late Monday night and early that morning, according to Dutchess County Sheriff's officials.

They urged local residents to secure their vehicles and be vigilant.

Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at erin.vogt@townsquaremedia.com

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