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One Person Is Dead After Major Two-Car Accident on Bear Mountain Parkway

Police are looking for a third driver who left the scene of the accident.

A major collision between two cars on the Bear Mountain Parkway in Cortlandt Friday night has left one person dead and injured two others.

The accident, which happened just after 6 p.m., shut the roadway in both directions near Locust Avenue for several hours. 

 said three people — a driver and passenger in one car and a driver in another — were taken to the  and Westchester Medical Center respectively.

The 27-year-old passenger, a Lake Peekskill man, was seriously injured in the crash and was pronounced dead at the hospital. His identity has not yet been released pending family notification.

New York State Police investigator Sean Morgan said the accident occurred when a third vehicle tried to make a left turn off the Bear Mountain. That driver left the scene of accident and a witness described the vehicle as a white SUV, police said. Officials said the left turn was a legal turn since there was a break in the double yellow line. 

"The vehicle behind him had to come to a stop abruptly, but to avoid collision it swerved into oncoming traffic," he said. 

That's how the 56-year-old driver from Cortlandt struck the second vehicle operated by a 24-year-old Shrub Oak woman. 

The female driver sustained lacerations and abrasions to her face, while the male driver appeared to have sustained a head injury, which police said were not life threatening. 

It was not yet clear whether anyone would be charged in the crash.

Mohegan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, State Police and Westchester County Police also assisted. The State Police Collision Investigation Unit was on the scene to reconstruct the accident.

Anyone with more information about the third vehicle is asked to call State Police at 914-788-8044.

Editor's Note: The article has been updated since its original publication as more information became available. 

carole January 02, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I am the mother of the wonderful young man who lost his life in this horrific accident, I am begging anyone who has any information on the white SUV that caused my son to leave behind his wonderful 5 yr. old son to please come forward and call the State Police. RIP LaMarr I love and miss you so very much.
William D'Avanzo February 06, 2012 at 05:14 AM
People have been voted out of office because the roads are unsafe. Also, if one family member has a serious accident at a particular location it ls less likely a second family member will - because they will tend to be more careful in that area.
fran fenton March 03, 2012 at 01:32 PM
How many people have to die on that stretch of road before they put up a divider? people drive too fast and illegal and legal turns off that road are deadly. no place to go but head-0n into oncoming traffic. lived up here 35 years and avoid BMP at rush, not worth getting killed to get home a few minute early...
Frank J March 03, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Part of the problem is that left turns are permitted onto Locust Ave. I understand that there are people that live on that street but if we're going to continue to allow left turns the highighway needs to be made wide enough at that point to allow a dedicated left turn lane out of the traffic flow. Other solutions for the parkway in general are barriers and at this time considering all the loss of life and injuries, I'd even put in speed cameras. We've got to stop the carnage on this parkway.
Mari Peruyero March 11, 2012 at 07:07 AM
I'm sorry but tailgating is illlegal. The man who hit my boyfriend my sons father was doing such, he was at wrong too, even though he's a father a son ect, he's still here n LaMarr isn't n never will come back , my son will forever be fatherless n I blame him the man who hit the love of my life as well as the person who made the quick turn.

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