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Woman killed in Route 22 head-on collision

According to the New York State Police, a Carmel woman was killed in a two-car crash on Route 22 on April 29. The accident occurred around 3:55 p.m. just north of State Route 311.

Police said a 42-year-old Pawling man was driving his 2003 GMC pickup truck north on SR 22 when he crossed the double yellow lines and struck an oncoming 2015 Subaru Forester head-on. A 63-year-old female passenger in the Subaru was pronounced dead at the crash scene by emergency crews. The driver of the Subaru, a 65-year-old Carmel man, was taken to Danbury Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police were assisted at the scene by Transcare EMS, the Patterson Fire Department and the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. The accident remains under investigation.

A head-on motor vehicle accident could be caused by several factors, including impaired driving, reckless driving, speeding and texting and driving. If a police investigation concludes that a fatal collision was caused by the actions of a negligent driver, the decedent's surviving spouse, children or parents may wish to file a civil wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. With the aid of an attorney, the victim's family could use the accident reconstruction report and other evidence to prove the at-fault driver was directly responsible for the death of their loved one. While a wrongful death lawsuit can never ease a family's pain, it could bring needed financial relief for funeral and burial expenses, loss of future contributions and companionship and other damages permitted by statute.

Source: Southeast Brewster Patch, "Crash on Route 22 Kills Carmel Woman," Lanning Taliaferro, May 1, 2015

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