This week Banville Law’s New York State accident report round-up includes two fatal pedestrian accidents, with one that happened in Manhattan.
Yonkers, NY: Off-Duty Police Officer Dies In SUV Collision
A Yonkers police detective who was off duty was killed when his SUV slammed into a fire truck. The police detective was identified as 45-year-old Frank Fernandez.
Fernandez was pronounced dead at the scene in the very early hours of Sunday February 14. Four firefighters also experienced minor injuries in the accident.
Fernandez was described as a “dedicated officer, husband and father” by the Yonkers Mayor, Mike Spano.
The accident is under investigation by the Westchester County district attorney’s office.
New York City, NY: Dump Truck Crash Kills Pedestrian
In New York City, a truck driver hit and killed a pedestrian right in front of the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The truck driver has been arrested.
According to the New York City Department the truck driver, identified as 51-year-old Carlos Torres, was charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian.
The woman who was struck and killed was identified as Elise Marie Lachowyn. Lachowyn was crossing 11th Avenue close to West 37th Street on Friday February 12th, when she was fatally hit by the dump truck as it was turning left. She was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.
The truck driver initially did not realize that he had hit Lachowyn until he had gone a bit further, however he later stopped and remained on the scene of the accident.
New York City, NY: Elderly Woman Fatally Struck By Flatbed Truck
On Wednesday February 11th, a woman was hit and killed after a flatbed truck struck her as she was crossing a Manhattan street.
The Ford truck hit the 63-year-old woman at the intersection of Broadway and West 165 Street. Emergency responders took the woman to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, unfortunately she could not be revived.
The 42-year-old truck driver stayed on the scene of the accident. The crash is being investigated by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad.
Montour Falls, NY: Route 13 Crash Leaves Odessa Man Dead
On Tuesday morning February 16 an Odessa man was involved in a serious accident that was caused by icy conditions.
New York State Police at Montour Falls were called to the scene of the accident which was described as a head-on collision near the Chemung-Schyler county line on state Route 13.
According to police reports a UPS truck driver lost control of his vehicle due to icy road conditions, causing it to go across the road and hitting a small car that was southbound on Route 13.
The man in the small vehicle was identified as 58-year-old Glenn Marsh of Odessa. Marsh suffered massive trauma and was transported to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania.
Marsh died overnight after he was taken to hospital on Tuesday. The UPS driver was not identified, but he did not suffer any injuries.
Mexico, NY: Parish Man Killed In Head-On Crash On Route 104
On February 17th a 57-year-old Parish man died in a head-on collision on Route 104 in the town of Mexico. The Parish mans was identified as John R. Quakenbush.
Quakenbush was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the other car involved in this accident was identified as 23-year-old Cody T. Pruett of Lacona.
Lacona was taken to Oswego Hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to state police. The accident occurred due to Pruett losing control of his Dodge Ram pick-up truck. He crossed over into the westbound lane and
struck Quakenbush head-on.
An investigation into this accident is still underway.
Schuyler, NY: Fatal Thruway Crash Under Investigation
In Schuyler, a tractor-trailer crash that took place in central New York killing the driver, is under investigation by the state police Thruway detail.
According to troopers the truck was in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 on Wednesday February 17th. The driver veered off the highway’s shoulder and struck the median guard rail, and overturned in a town in Schuyler.
The driver was from out of state and his name was not going to be released until his family had been notified.