The news release published by the state police didn’t add any further context. All it says is that “State Police attempted to stop a vehicle on I-87 in the town of Ulster for a vehicle and traffic violation,” and that “Shortly after the traffic stop was initiated, the driver fled the scene northbound and a pursuit ensued.”

It also mentions that Monica wasn’t wearing a seatbelt when the trooper rammed the family’s SUV and that she was pronounced dead at the scene. The Daily News reports that after Baldner rammed the SUV a second time, it hit a guardrail, flipped and rolled, and Monica was ejected from the vehicle. Goods was the only other person in the vehicle who had reported injuries. According to the news release, his injuries were serious but non-life-threatening and he was transported to Kingston Hospital and later transferred to Westchester Medical Center for treatment. It’s unclear if he was ever arrested and charged with a crime.

Goods said that after the crash, he tried to leave the SUV to find his daughter, but Baldner pointed his gun at him and questioned him again about whether he had any guns or drugs in the car.

“What did I do? What threat did I pose?” Goods asked the Daily News through tears. “It is just so hurtful. The guy was crazy. It’s illegal what he did.” He also said that, after the crash, his other daughter Tristina, who survived the impact with no reported injuries, was questioned by police for four hours without a parent present.


According to NBC New York, State Attorney General Letitia James announced an investigation into Monica’s death on Dec. 28. Goods’ attorney, Joseph O’Connor, told the Daily News that he and his team are “confident that our clients’ accounts of what happened are consistent with the scientific evidence and the forensic evidence from the scene.”