WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Additional details have emerged from Sunday’s early morning fatal crash on the Hutchinson River Parkway.
At approximately 4:35 a.m. on Sunday morning, 56-year-old Damita Mathis of Beacon Falls in New Haven County in Connecticut was driving her 2014 Kia Sorento southbound in the northbound lanes of traffic when she struck another driver near the parkway’s Weaver Street exit in Scarsdale.
Crews from the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corp. determined that Mathis had died from the crash. SVAC then used the Jaws of life to extricate her passenger, 45-year-old West Haven, Conn. resident Uvette Frasier, who was critically injured in the crash and transported to the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.
Two other vehicles were involved in the crash, a Land Rover driven by 29-year-old Waterbury, Conn. resident Mahendra Danrajh and a Mercedes driven by Queens native Michayl Velikov. Danrajh was seriously injured and also taken to Westchester Medical Center. Velikov declined medical attention at the scene.
First responders proceeded to scan the scene with a thermal imager to search for possibly ejected victims, but none were found. The Scarsdale Fire Department determined the scene was safe and it was turned over to the Westchester County Police.
Police noted that “It remains unknown where Mathis entered the parkway going the wrong way and whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident. Toxicology tests on the deceased will be conducted by the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office as part of the investigation.”
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