Recently, On August 7th of this year, Tess Keegan of Waccabuc was charged with second-degree vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and other traffic violations, as she drove the wrong way on The Saw Mill River Parkway in Chappaqua. Want to learn more about the dangers of drunk driving? Take our online class
The crash occurred just after midnight on the northbound lanes of the parkway near the exit for Route 120. The parkway was reopened at 7:40 a.m. after police finished investigating. Keegan was headed south in the northbound lanes, her Kia Forte collided with a Toyota Camry that was traveling north.
The male driver of the Toyota had to be cut out of the car by Pleasantville firefighters. He was being treated for serious injuries, while the wrong-way driver had minor injuries. Both were taken to the Westchester Medical Center. It is often the case that the intoxicated party has less serious injuries.
Driving the wrong way on major roadways while under the influence is on the rise. On May 18, Hernando Biron of Yonkers drunkenly drove the wrong way on the Bronx River Parkway. On Feb. 27, an allegedly drunk Efren Moreano, 20, of Yonkers, drove the wrong-way on the Sprain Brook Parkway and crashed into a car driven by NYPD Detective Paul Duncan, who died in the crash. Moreano was charged with vehicular manslaughter. The case is still pending.
In August 2014 off-duty NYPD officer Richard Christopher, who was drunk, drove his pickup truck the wrong way on the New York State Thruway near Suffern and crashed head-on into a Honda CRV driven by James DeVito of Airmont. Both men were killed.
On July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler was drunk and high when she drove a mini-van in the wrong direction on the Taconic State Parkway. She slammed head-on into another vehicle in a crash that killed eight people, including four young children. They even made a Lifetime Movie about her!
It is NEVER ok to drive drunk! The legal limit is .08 HOWEVER there is no reason to drive after drinking! You can call a cab, arrange a designated driver, there are even some tow companies that will take you and your car home! Stay tunes to this blog spot for more info. As always, DRIVE SAFE!