Driver Faces Manslaughter Charge in Route 9 Crash

Former Beacon man killed, son injured

A Hopewell Junction man is facing a manslaughter charge in a head-on car crash on Route 9 in Philipstown that killed a father and injured his son on Nov. 11, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.

Marcos Martinez, 56, is accused of crossing the double yellow line while driving north on Route 9 near Stone Ridge Road at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday. According to the sheriff, his car struck head-on a vehicle being driven south by Joe Stubblefield, 52, a former Beacon resident who lived in Cortlandt Manor. He died at the scene.

Joe Stubblefield

Joe Stubblefield

Stubblefield is survived by his seven sons, including Justyn, 18, a 2022 graduate of the O’Neill district, and twins Sean and Erik, 17, who are seniors at O’Neill and Haldane high schools, respectively. Stubblefield on Nov. 10 saw Erik and the Blue Devils win the Section I, Class D football title, a family member said, and the regional game today (Nov. 17) will be dedicated to him by the team.

Stubblefield’s 7-year-old son, riding in the rear seat, was taken by ambulance to Westchester Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Nov. 25 at Salem Tabernacle Church in Beacon. A GoFundMe campaign has been established at to help the family with expenses.

Martinez was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, a felony; driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor; and failure to use designated lane, a traffic infraction, the Sheriff’s Department said on Monday (Nov. 13). He was arraigned in Town of Philipstown court and remanded to the Putnam County Jail on $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond.

The accident shut down part of Route 9 until 3 a.m. Firefighters and paramedics from Garrison and medics from Philipstown also responded, said the Sheriff’s Department.

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