2012-02-29 / Front Page

One dead, others injured, in Garrison crash

Route 9 closed for a time on Sunday for investigation
Eric Gross

A Sunday afternoon trip for a Peekskill family in Garrison took a tragic turn when a car in which they were riding was struck by a pick-up truck on Route 9, resulting in the death of one occupant and in serious injuries to two others.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department investigated the 2:15 p.m. crash that took place one-quarter mile south of Travis Corners Road.

Chief Sheriff's Investigator Gerald Schramek identified the deceased victim as Willie Mae Bolton, 76, of Peekskill, who was a front seat passenger in a Toyota operated by her daughter, Juanita Bolton, 54, also of Peekskill.

Investigators determined the Toyota was headed northbound and was attempting to overtake a pickup truck driven by Claudio Crescenzo, 61, of Mohegan Lake when, according to Schramek, the operator attempted to make a left hand turn from the driving lane, resulting in a violent crash.

Schramek said that upon impact, Bolton’s car overturned before both vehicles crashed into a stone wall.

Members of the Garrison Fire Department rushed to the scene, along with EMTs from the Garrison and Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps and paramedics from the TransCare and Care One Ambulance Companies.

Firefighters extricated the two women and a third passenger in the car, Robert Taylor, with the Jaws of Life.

Willie Mae Bolton was rushed to Hudson Valley Hospital Center, where she died a short time later. Her daughter was airlifted by a State Police helicopter to the Westchester Medical Center and was admitted to the intensive care unit, while Taylor was taken by ambulance to the medical center and was also admitted.

Police said Crescenzo was shaken by the crash but refused medical attention at the scene. He was charged for making an unsafe lane change.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Accident Reconstruction Team closed Route 9 for several hours Sunday until the investigation was completed.





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