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Yonkers man charged with homicide, manslaughter in crash that killed student, 19

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A Yonkers man who was allegedly drinking and speeding in a Ford Mustang before colliding with another car and killing its 19-year-old driver was arraigned Friday on four felony charges in connection with the October death.

Mario Garcia-Sura, 49, has been indicted in Westchester County Court in White Plains on nine criminal counts, including aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, felonies.

Authorities said that Garcia-Sura had been drinking for much of the afternoon at various city bodegas on Oct. 20 before climbing into his 2001 black Ford Mustang and driving down Riverdale Avenue at a “high rate of speed,” according to a press release from the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

About 5:13 p.m., as he approached Franklin Avenue, the Mustang hit a 2004 gold Hyundai Sonata, driven by 19-year-old college student Sreeraj Chandran.

Chandran was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers and pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Another man who was riding with Garcia-Sura was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx with severe lower body injuries. He survived.

If convicted, Garcia-Sura faces up to 25 years in state prison. He was being held Friday on $250,000 bond in the Westchester County jail in Valhalla.

Garcia-Sura was hospitalized after the accident and arrested the next day. A lawyer for him could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Yonkers accident leaves newlywed bride partially paralyzed


Amber Wilton was struck by a car and paralyzed just six weeks after marrying Michael.
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In late December Amber Wilton, a recently married New Yorker, was involved in a horrific crash. She had married an Irishman just weeks before the accident that has left her partially paralyzed.

The critically injured bride married Irishman and Co Louth native Michael Wilton (34) in November 2013.

The young bride’s husband was working just a few blocks away and after hearing what happened he ran to the scene to find his newlywed wife badly injured.

As a result of the accident Amber has suffered extensive injuries including: a badly broken back, five broken ribs, a fractured pelvis.

After two major operations and countless other procedures Amber is still unable to use her legs.

“Michael, who is a plumber, works only four blocks away from where the accident happened and ran to the scene after he heard what had happened. When he arrived he saw Amber under the car in a pool of blood. He thought she was dead at first.” said Michael’s mother Patricia.

Michael has been living in America for a number of years and met Amber three and a half years ago. The couple got  engaged last October.

Patricia said: “After the accident Amber was in intensive care for two weeks. She is now in rehabilitation at Helen Hayes Hospital but the cost of the care is $3,000 a day and she will have to stay there for two months.”

After her medical procedures were complete Amber was transferred to Helen Hayes, a rehabilitation facility in Haverstraw, NY where she will have to stay for a few months.

Amber will be in recovery for at least two years and her husband will have to take a lot of time off to help care for her.

There is a benefit night on April 13 at 2pm in The Rambling House (4292 Katonah Ave, Bronx, New York) and there will be other events held.

All proceeds from the benefit night will go towards Amber’s care.

To donate to the cause visit their YouCaring page here.

Teen’s death at Yonkers carnival blamed on faulty brakes

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The accident that killed a 15-year-old girl at a Yonkers carnival last fall appears to have been caused by a brake malfunction, a law enforcement source said.

The criminal investigation into Kalie Gill’s Oct. 11 death is winding to a close and no charges are expected.

Gill died after a 2002 Jeep driven by Roseanne Piccirilli, 55, lurched forward from its parking spot and plowed through the intersection of McLean Avenue and McCollum Place, striking multiple vehicles before jumping a corner curb and crashing into Gill and her sister, Lindsey, on a sidewalk. Lindsey Gill was left in critical condition.

The accident occurred during an annual Oktoberfest and fundraiser at Coyne Park, where St. Paul the Apostle Church was hosting the second night of the planned three-day carnival.

Lindsey Gill, 13, is now in rehabilitation, a receptionist at St. Barnabas Church in the Bronx said. Gill’s parents, of the Bronx, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Criminal charges had long been considered unlikely in the case, since Piccirilli, a sixth-grade teacher at St. Paul the Apostle School, had cooperated with police and was not under the influence of any substances.

Investigators instead turned to the SUV, according to a source, and found that the brakes had malfunctioned. The finding, which could be important in any potential civil case related to the incident, means that prosecutors will likely close the case without pressing charges against Piccirilli.

A spokesman for the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment Thursday on that possibility or the specifics of the case, saying it was an ongoing investigation.

A spokesman for Yonkers police also declined to comment, saying that they had completed their investigation and that the case was now in the hands of the district attorney.

Piccirilli, who did not return a message left Thursday, has said publicly that she and her family were praying for Kalie Gill’s family and her sister.

“This is a wonderful family, and what has happened is so very tragic,” Piccirilli said in October.

Lindsey Gill is looking forward to beginning her freshman year at St. Barnabas High School next fall, according to he church bulletin. Fundraisers for the girl raised more than $22,000.

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Car malfunction likely cause of tragic Kalie Gill crash in Yonkers


Case of October car crash investigated by DA as brakes believed to have caused crash that killed Kalie Gill and seriously injured her sister Lindsey.
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The investigation into the tragic accident that claimed the life of 15-year-old Kalie Gill outside a Yonkers carnival on October 11 of last year, may well show that a malfunction in the brakes of the car that hit the Irish teenager was at the heart of what went wrong that night. The accident also left Kalie’s 12-year-old sister Lindsey seriously injured.

The case is now with the Westchester County DA’s office following an investigation by the Yonkers Police Department.

A mechanical analysis of all the 2002 Jeep driven by school teacher Roseanne Piccirilli points towards a malfunction of the brakes as the main cause of the accident, sources have told the Irish Voice and IrishCentral.

A civil case against the car manufacturer and Piccirilli by the family would be the likely outcome rather than a criminal case against the driver, sources say.

The meticulous accident reconstruction and the video surveillance of the event is said to show the Jeep driven by Piccirilli (55), a sixth-grade teacher at St. Paul the Apostle School, lurched and accelerated away from a parking spot and drove straight through the intersection of McLean Avenue and McCollum Place. The car hit several vehicles before jumping the curb and crashing into the Gill girls, who were on the sidewalk after leaving the church carnival.

The 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee model was partially recalled for faulty brake problems in 2006 according to Motor Trend magazine.

The Gill family had recently moved back to Yonkers after living in County Leitrim for eight years. A massive fundraising drive for the surviving Gills, sisters Lindsey and Jamie and parents Damien and Karen, was held last month by the local Irish community.

“The case has been ongoing for a while. The fact that the DA’s office is involved means that it could still go either way depending on what they find from the accident report,” claims a source close to the investigation.

However, the source told the Irish Voice and IrishCentral that “it’s looking like it’s not going to lead to a prosecution” and that a civil case was the most likely outcome if the verdict is vehicle malfunction.

The outcome of the case will come from the Westchester County DA’s office in the coming weeks.

A relative of the Gill family, Oliver Charles, said Lindsey, now 13, remains in a rehabilitation center recovering from the injuries she sustained in the accident.

“Lindsey remains in good spirits and is upbeat,” said Charles. He had been up to visit the young Irish girl and added that she was slowly but surely showing signs of progress. Lindsey is reported to have recently taken her first steps since the accident.

The Gills remain a constant force of solidarity in the face of great anguish, never leaving Lindsey’s side. She has a constant support network and her parents or aunts stay with her at night in the hospital.

“She has returned to school at the rehabilitation center,” added Charles.

Piccirilli had sent her best wishes and prayers to the family after the accident when Kalie’s parents said they did not blame her.

“My prayers go out to the Gill family at this time of loss and tragedy. I am grateful for the kindness they have shown in their public statements, and cannot even imagine the sense of loss that they feel,” Piccirilli said at the time.

“My family and I are praying for the recovery of Lindsey and ask that God will watch over her and over the soul of her sister Kalie,” she added.

“This is a wonderful family, and what has happened is so very tragic.”

The St. Barnabas High School basketball team captured first place in the inaugural Kalie Gill invitational tournament, with a victory over Palisades Prep on Friday, January 24.  Host Yonkers Montessori Academy defeated Riverside to take third place.  Kalie was in her sophomore year at St. Barnabas.

Here’s a tribute to Kalie Gill uploaded to YouTube by her friends:

10-car crash snarls traffic at Bronx-Yonkers line

Originally published: January 23, 2014 7:51 AM
Updated: January 23, 2014 12:32 PM

10-car crash snarls traffic at Bronx-Yonkers line

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BRONX – A 10-car crash on the Bronx-Yonkers border created a traffic nightmare in southern Westchester this morning.

The chain reaction crash happened just before 6:30 a.m. on the southbound Major Deegan Expressway between exits 13 and 11. All southbound lanes were closed on and off as emergency workers treated the crash victims and cleared the wreckage. One northbound lane was also closed for emergency vehicles.

All lanes of the expressway were finally reopened just before 9 a.m.

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Icy conditions are suspected to have caused the pileup. Three people have been sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Overflow traffic also congested nearby roadways such as the Hutchinson River Parkway, Cross County Parkway and Saw Mill Parkway. Bee-Line buses traveling in the Yonkers area experienced up to 45-minute delays.

It’s days like this that caused Max Dolenk to give up driving into the city. “You think you’re beating rush hour traffic, but in reality you’re sitting in your car and now it just takes me an hour, I just take the bus to the subway makes my life easier,” says Dolenk.

For extended Chopper 12 footage over the 10-car pileup, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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Saw Mill Parkway closed at exit 7

Originally published: January 15, 2014 7:42 AM
Updated: January 15, 2014 5:51 PM

All northbound lanes were shut down after an

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All northbound lanes were shut down after an accident knocked concrete off the Odell Avenue overpass. (1/15/14)


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YONKERS – An early morning crash into an overpass shut down the northbound lanes of the Saw Mill Parkway in Yonkers for much of the day.

Police say a driver lost control due to black ice on the Odell Avenue overpass and smashed into the stone retaining wall at around 6:15 a.m. More than 1,000 pounds of rocks and concrete fell on the parkway below, narrowly missing speeding cars.

The driver was not seriously hurt.

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Both Odell Avenue and the Saw Mill Parkway were closed as state Department of Transportation crews removed the stones and concrete and inspectors determined if there had been any structural damage to the overpass.

Once portable concrete barriers were installed to temporarily patch the gaping hole in the overpass, it and the parkway were allowed to reopen.

Officials are investigating how fast the driver was going when he crashed into the wall, as well as the sturdiness of the bridge.

For footage of the cleanup after debris fell onto the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers, click the video to the left or watch 12 Extra on Channel 612.

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Yonkers Man Indicted For Death Of Girlfriend

William Watkins-Gomes   WESTCHESTER COUNTY—A Yonkers man was arraigned Tuesday for causing the death of his girlfriend as the result of motor vehicle accident last August while drunk and impaired by marijuana.

William Watkins-Gomes, 27, of Yonkers Ave. has been charged with three counts of second degree vehicular manslaughter, class D felonies; two counts of driving while intoxicated, one count of driving while intoxicated/driving while ability impaired and one count of reckless driving, all misdemeanors and several Vehicle and Traffic infractions.

On Aug. 4, 2013, at approximately 4:47 a.m., a 2005 Honda Civic being operated by the defendant was westbound on West Sandford Boulevard. While on the east side of South 5th Ave., the car jumped the south side curb, drove on the sidewalk and sideswiped a building. The car continued traveling westbound, crossed South 5th Avenue, and struck a tree on the south side sidewalk on the west side of South 5th Ave., according to prosecutors.

The victim, the defendant’s girlfriend, was in the front passenger seat. She was removed to Mount Vernon Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The defendant was pinned in the vehicle and after being extricated, was brought to Jacobi Medical Center.

Blood was obtained by the Mount Vernon Police Department pursuant to a search warrant. Watkins-Gomes’ blood alcohol content was .10 and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, was also present.

He was placed under arrest at the hospital.

Bail was continued at $100,000.

His next court date is Feb. 28.  If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.  1-14-14

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At least one person hurt in 7-car crash; drivers involved blame road conditions

Published: January 2, 2014 1:06 PM

The accident occurred on Orchard Avenue at Nepperhan

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The accident occurred on Orchard Avenue at Nepperhan Avenue in Yonkers, a little before 9 a.m. Thursday morning. (1/2/14)

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YONKERS – At least one person was injured in a seven-car crash in Yonkers this morning.

The accident occurred on Orchard Avenue at Nepperhan Avenue in Yonkers, a little before 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

The drivers involved say it was a chain reaction of one car hitting another until they piled up. They say they were just trying to get down the hill and that poor road conditions are to blame.

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“It was a sheet of ice. We stopped and four cars were hitting each other and then I just pulled over because I’m just too scared to drive now,” says Frannie Sifer, of Yonkers.

Many of the drivers are blaming the accident on black ice, but the city says it had salters out at 6 a.m.

“It’s a very large city and we tell people to take precautions,” says Sam Borelli, acting Yonkers DPW commissioner. “They have to take care when they’re driving. It’s a city of hills.”

The one confirmed injured person was put in an ambulance and will reportedly be taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Police say all the injuries were minor and they informed the city about the slippery conditions.

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