Driver In Fatal I-95 Crash Could Face More Charges

RYE, N.Y. — The suspect believed to have caused a fatal accident on I-95 in Rye could be facing additional charges on top of driving while intoxicated, according to News 12 Westchester. 

Jose Ramirez of Norwalk, Conn., was driving, with two passengers in his car, back to Connecticut from a bar in Westchester when he crashed into a Thruway truck, killing passenger Kelman Villa Santos of Norwalk, News 12 Westchester said. 

Both Ramirez and the driver of the truck were taken to Westchester Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, News 12 Westchester reported. 

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Troopers: 1 Dead in 2-Car Crash on I-95 in Rye

State police are investigating a two-car accident that killed one person in the early hours of Friday morning.

Troopers responded at about 2:25 a.m. to the scene of the crash, which occurred in Rye on northbound Interstate 95 at mile marker 14, near the entrance
ramp from Interstate 287 eastbound to I-95.

“A 2013 Honda Accord
struck a parked New York State Thruway pickup truck causing the truck to
roll over,” police said in a statement around noon Friday. “The Honda then struck a concrete barrier which separates
the ramp from the main road and came to rest.”

A male passenger sitting in the front seat of the Honda, one of the three people traveling in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The rear passenger was taken to Stamford Hospital in Connecticut with serious, possibly life-threatening injuries, according to police. The drivers’ injuries were reportedly non-life-threatening.

Officials are waiting to release the names of those involved until the families have been notified. The investigation is continuing.

The New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit and
Troop K’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to the crash, as did the New York State Thruway
Authority Traffic Safety.

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RYE, New York — New York state police say a life was lost in a crash that tied up the New England Thruway for hours between Westchester County and Connecticut.

The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. Friday in Rye near the entrance ramp from I-287 to northbound I-95.

The ensuing traffic jam continued into the morning rush-hour.

Police say a car struck a parked State Thruway pickup truck. The truck rolled and the car hit a concrete barrier.

The person who died was riding in the front seat of the car. A back-seat passenger suffered serious injuries.

Both drivers had non-life-threatening injuries.

Conn. driver charged in fatal crash that closed I-95

The driver involved in an early Friday 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.

The young men are all from Norwalk, Conn., and were returning home from a Westchester bar when the accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on northbound Interstate 95, police said.

Kelman Villa Santos, 24, was killed when a 2013 Honda Civic driven by Jose Ramirez, 24, barreled into a state Thruway Authority pickup truck parked in the right shoulder near the entrance to Interstate 287, Investigator Joseph Becerra said.

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

Santos was pronounced dead at the scene, while 22-year-old Emanuel Gonzalez, who was in the back seat of the Honda, suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.

“We’re focusing on the actions of Mr. Ramirez as the cause of the accident,” said Becerra, adding police were looking at speed and alcohol as factors.

Ramirez and the 53-year-old Thruway worker went to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla with injuries that were not life-threatening.

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

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

Witnesses to the crash or anyone with information about it are asked to call state police at 914-769-2600

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 about four miles north of the toll barrier at Exit 16 in Woodbury, Orange County.

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 car in the left lane, sideswiped the blade of the plow truck.

The fifth vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Prius operated by Becker, was 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, hit the Prius from behind, pushing it into the rear of the other tractor-trailer.

No arrests were made.

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Conn. driver charged in fatal I-95 crash

The driver involved in an early Friday 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.

The young men are all from Norwalk, Conn., and were returning home from a Westchester bar when the accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on northbound Interstate 95 in Rye, police said.

Kelman Villa Santos, 24, was killed when a 2013 Honda Civic driven by Jose Ramirez, 24, barreled into a New York State Thruway Authority pickup truck parked in the right shoulder near the entrance to Interstate 287, Investigator Joseph Becerra said.

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

Santos was pronounced dead at the scene, while 22-year-old Emanuel Gonzalez, who was in the back seat of the Honda, suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.

“We’re focusing in the actions of Mr. Ramirez as the cause of the accident,” said Becerra, adding police were looking at speed and alcohol as factors.

Ramirez and the 53-year-old Thruway worker went to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla with non-life-threatening injuries.

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

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

Witnesses to the crash or anyone with information about it are asked to call state police at 914-769-2600

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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UPDATE: Interstate 95 North open, but slow, after major accident – Times Herald

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UPDATE (10 a.m.): New York State police have reopened northbound lanes of the New England Thruway following a multi-vehicle accident in Westchester County.

But police say traffic Friday morning was still moving slowing between Exit 18B and the Connecticut state line.

The accident, involving a truck and car, occurred at 2:30 a.m. in Rye near a ramp where I-287 and I-95 meet.

Police say multiple injuries were reported but it wasn’t immediately known how many people were taken to hospitals.

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RYE (AP) — New York State police say northbound lanes of the New England Thruway are closed between Exit 21 in Westchester County and the Connecticut state line due to an accident.

They say the accident between a truck and car occurred at 2:30 a.m. Friday in Rye near a ramp where I-287 and I-95 meet.

Traffic from I-95 northbound is being diverted off Exit 21. Traffic from I-287 eastbound is being diverted to I-95 southbound.

Police say multiple injuries were reported but it wasn’t immediately known how many people were taken to hospitals.

Some traffic was being allowed on the shoulder in the area of the accident but it’s moving very slowly.

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RYE, New York — New York state police say a life was lost in a crash that tied up the New England Thruway for hours between Westchester County and Connecticut.

The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. Friday in Rye near the entrance ramp from I-287 to northbound I-95.

The ensuing traffic jam continued into the morning rush-hour.

Police say a car struck a parked State Thruway pickup truck. The truck rolled and the car hit a concrete barrier.

The person who died was riding in the front seat of the car. A back-seat passenger suffered serious injuries.

Both drivers had non-life-threatening injuries.

UDPATED: Driver, victims of fatal I-95 crash from Conn.

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RYE — The driver involved in an early Friday 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.

The young men are all from Norwalk, Conn., and were returning home from a Westchester bar when the accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on northbound Interstate 95, police said.

Kelman Villa Santos, 24, was killed when a 2013 Honda Civic driven by Jose Ramirez, 24, barreled into a state Thruway Authority pickup truck parked in the right shoulder near the entrance to Interstate 287, Investigator Joseph Becerra said.

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

Santos was pronounced dead at the scene, while 22-year-old Emanuel Gonzalez, who was in the back seat of the Honda, suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.

“We’re focusing on the actions of Mr. Ramirez as the cause of the accident,” said Becerra, adding police were looking at speed and alcohol as factors.

Ramirez and the 53-year-old Thruway worker went to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla with injuries that were not life-threatening.

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

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

Witnesses to the crash or anyone with information about it are asked to call state police at 914-769-2600

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 about four miles north of the toll barrier at Exit 16 in Woodbury, Orange County.

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 car in the left lane, sideswiped the blade of the plow truck.

The fifth vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Prius operated by Becker, was 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, hit the Prius from behind, pushing it into the rear of the other tractor-trailer.

No arrests were made.

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Police Investigate Fatal I-95 Wreck

RYE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York State police are investigating a deadly accident that closed the northbound lanes of the New England Thruway between Exit 21 in Westchester County and the Connecticut state line Friday morning.

The accident between a truck and a car occurred around 2:30 a.m. in Rye near a ramp where I-287 and I-95 meet.

One person was killed and several others were injured, according to published reports.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Traffic from I-95 northbound was diverted off Exit 21. Traffic from I-287 eastbound was diverted to I-95 southbound.

The thruway lanes were reopened around 8:30 a.m.

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