Fatal I-95 crash involved Thruway pickup; highway reopened

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PORT CHESTER — The driver involved in an early Friday morning crash on I-95 that killed a passenger and left another seriously injured has been charged with drunken driving with more charges coming, state police said.

Police will identify those involved after the victim’s family has been notified, Investigator Joseph Becerra said, adding they are not from Westchester.

The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. on northbound Interstate 95 when a 2013 Honda Civic barreled into a state Thruway Authority pick-up truck parked in the right shoulder near the entrance to Interstate 287, Becerra said.

“He was parked on the shoulder with his lights on because they were doing construction up ahead,” Becerra said of the Thruway vehicle.

The collision caused the pickup to roll on its side, while the Honda crossed three lanes and smashed into the median concrete barrier.

The male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, Becerra said. A man in the back suffered life threatening injuries and was taken to Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. The driver and Thruway worker went to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash closed northbound I-95 in Port Chester for more than five hours. Lanes began reopening about 8 a.m.

The Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy on the victim today, Becerra said.

Meanwhile, the state police’s collision reconstruction unit is in the process of completing its investigation.

This is the second fatal accident involving a Thruway vehicle in the past three days.

On Wednesday, a Thruway Authority plow truck was involved in a seven-vehicle chain reaction accident on I-87 that killed Mark Becker, 53, of Hillsdale, N.J., a Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientist. It happened northbound about four miles north of the toll barrier at Exit 16 in Woodbury.

According to a state police release, the plow truck pulled onto the left shoulder due to smoke in the engine. A car then swerved out of the left lane due to limited visibility from the smoke and struck a third vehicle. The fourth one, a passenger car in the left lane, sideswiped the blade of the plow truck.

The fifth vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Prius operated by Becker, was traveling alone behind all the activity and slowed in the right lane, possibly to a stop, state police said. A tractor trailer swerved left, avoided the Prius, and slowed down but another tractor trailer in the right lane, the seventh vehicle involved, hit the Prius from behind, pushing it into the rear of the other tractor trailer.

No arrests were made.

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New Rochelle’s Fountainhead sued by Yonkers cops hurt in head-on crash with …

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A New Rochelle-based catering hall that allegedly served the equivalent of 24 shots of Hennessy to a man who later drove a car head-on into a Yonkers police cruiser and died is being sued by the two officers who were riding in the cruiser.

Both officers, identified as Gabriel Barahona and William Celestino, suffered serious injuries in the Sept. 22, 2012, incident, from which they continue to recover.

The man who the police say drank the shots, Brandon Hardy-Turner, 28, died instantly after leading officers on a chase that approached speeds of up to 87 miles per hour through the streets of downtown Yonkers.

In court papers, the officers blamed the episode — which capped a night of wedding-night revelry at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle — on the catering hall and a bartender there, who, they say, allowed Hardy-Turner to get drunk and drive off in his girlfriend’s green 1999 Honda Civic.

Anthony Pirotti Jr., a lawyer for Barahona, said his client, who is in his 20s, has undergone several surgeries since the incident.

A lawyer for Celestino declined to comment, as did a lawyer for The Fountainhead, though the caterer has aggressively fought the suit in court.

But according to the officers’ court papers, the genesis of the deadly accident started at The Fountainhead, and, specifically with a bartender there named Timothy Montalvo. Montalvo said in an affidavit he recalled serving Hardy-Turner the booze in part because Hardy-Turner told him that he would not be driving home.

Court documents, however, say that’s exactly what Hardy-Turner did. Police officers caught up to him about 1:30 a.m. near Glenwood Avenue, where they say he was speeding and made an illegal left turn. When officers attempted to pull him over he sped off.

Eventually Hardy-Turner reached Getty Square, where he was driving southbound in a northbound lane when his car struck Barahona and Celestino’s cruiser head on.

Before the incident, Montalvo told police he knew Hardy-Turner was “probably intoxicated,” according to the suit, but a woman with Hardy-Turner said she would be driving him home.

That didn’t happen, and Hardy-Turner, who was unlicensed and was not wearing a seat belt, died instantly. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 — twice the legal limit. The officers were hospitalized with a variety of injuries and they remain on paid disability.

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Texas Man Flees Police in Car, Causes Accident

A Texas man is facing
multiple charges after he fled from Westchester County Police this morning,
leading to an accident that involved a police vehicle.

Dave Wright, 43, of
Dallas was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and second-degree reckless
endangerment, reckless driving and fleeing a police
officer in a motor vehicle, misdemeanors.

The incident began
about 11:10 a.m. Tuesday when a county police officer attempted to stop Wright’s
vehicle for speeding on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway in New
Rochelle. 

Instead of pulling over, Wright drove faster and then exited the
parkway at North Avenue. As the
officer pursued Wright’s vehicle, his police car was struck by another car,
causing minor injuries to the officer.

A description of
Wright’s vehicle was broadcast over police radio. Eastchester Police stopped the vehicle at Alida and Brook
Streets in Eastchester and turned Wright over to county police.

Wright is scheduled to be
arraigned Wednesday in New Rochelle City Court.

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Wright DaveNEW ROCHELLE, NY — A Texas man is facing multiple charges after he fled from Westchester County Police this morning, leading to an accident involving a police vehicle.

Dave Wright, 43, of Dallas was charged with Assault 2nd Degree, a felony, and Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, Reckless Driving and Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle, misdemeanors.

The incident began about 11:10 a.m. when a county police officer attempted to stop Wright’s vehicle for speeding on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway in New Rochelle. Rather than pull over, Wright drove faster and then exited the parkway at North Avenue. As the officer pursued Wright’s vehicle, his police car was struck by another car, causing minor injuries to the officer.

A description of Wright’s vehicle was broadcast over police radio.

New Rochelle Police responded to a request for assistance by closing off North Avenue and sending patrol cars into the North End of New Rochelle.

Eastchester Police stopped the vehicle at Alida and Brook Streets in Eastchester and turned Wright over to county police.

Wright will be arraigned tomorrow in New Rochelle City Court.

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The injuries are not life threatening, according to the report.

The accident, between exits 7 and 9, occurred at 4 a.m. on Sunday, according to the report.

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New Rochelle Police Chase Ends In Deadly Crash



NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – One person is dead and another critically injured after a police pursuit ended with a crash in New Rochelle late Sunday.

It all started around 11 p.m. when police responded to a domestic dispute on Fourth Street, CBS 2′s Weijia Jiang reported.

Officers said when the suspect saw them, he took off in a maroon car, leading a nearby patrol car on a chase through the residential neighborhood, Jiang reported.

Police lost track of the car two blocks before the vehicle smashed into a brick wall in front of a house on Webster Avenue.

“We did hear the impact, my wife and I looked out the window and we saw an overturned car on our property,” homeowner Dan Bena said. “It’s quite unnerving to see two bodies on the sidewalk after having been ejected from the car, and of course the car itself was completely totaled, it was over on its top and it was crushed. It was a remarkable experience.”

“I saw a person laying over there in the bushes and the ambulance and the police were working on them,” witness Kim Spraitz said.

The impact killed a 19-year-old male passenger. The 20-year-old driver survived and is now hospitalized with critical injuries.

Their names have not been released.

The driver has been charged for assaulting his girlfriend and police said they plan to file several charges in connection with the crash, Jiang reported.

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New Rochelle Police Chase Reportedly Ends In Fatal Crash

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — A high speed chase through New Rochelle ended in a fatal car crash on Monday morning, according to News 12 Westchester.

Police responded to a domestic violence call at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6 from a woman claiming her boyfriend beat her up. 

When police spotted the suspect’s car on Webster Avenue, the suspect attempted to flee, but flipped his vehicle, according to News 12 Westchester. 

The suspect and a passenger were taken to Sound Shore Medical Center in critical condition. The passenger in the vehicle died from his injuries, according to News 12 Westchester. 

Police chase in New Rochelle ends in fatality


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Updated: October 7, 2013 12:33 PM

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A passenger was killed when a domestic violence suspect tried to flee police. (10/7/13)


NEW ROCHELLE – A high-speed police chase in New Rochelle ended in a overnight crash that killed a passenger in the car.

Police say they received a domestic violence call around 10:30 p.m. yesterday with a woman claiming her boyfriend beat her up. A short time later, officers spotted the suspect in a car at Lincoln and Webster avenues.

Officers tried to stop the car but the driver took off. The police chase ended when the driver flipped his car on Webster Avenue.

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The driver and his passenger were ejected from the vehicle. The passenger later died at Jacobi Medical Center from his injuries. The driver was rushed to Sound Shore Medical Center and is in critical condition. Authorities expect to charge the driver in the the passenger’s death.

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New Rochelle chase, crash leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

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Police are investigating if speed and alcohol were factors in a crash that ejected two people from a car in New Rochelle.

One of them, a 19-year-old, was pronounced dead on arrival at Jacobi Hospital.

Authorities say the driver was wanted for a crime and was fleeing the scene when the crash happened.

The driver is in critical condition at Sound Shore Medical Center.

Police say the incident started as a domestic dispute on Fourth Street around 11 p.m.

The suspect, a 22-year-old New Rochelle resident, allegedly got into a fight with his girlfriend, during which he choked her, hit her in the face and bit her lips and nose.

Police responded to investigate and found the victim bleeding from the mouth.

During the investigation, the suspect was seen driving by the scene, and an officer responding to the initial call saw him and tried to pull him over on Webster Avenue.

The officer followed the vehicle for several blocks and eventually lost him. The officer then came upon the accident scene where the suspect’s vehicle had hit a wall.

The suspect, whose identity has not been released, is expected to be charged with assault for the domestic incident and possibly vehicular manslaughter for the accident. Charges are pending.

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