On March 4, 2021, at approximately 8:45 a.m., Deputy Kevin Radovich responded to a call of a head-on car accident, involving injuries, in the area of 3504 Route 9 in the Town of Philipstown. Upon arriving at the scene, Deputy Radovich observed two cars in the roadway. Fire Department vehicles were also on the scene and EMTs were attending to the 37-year-old female driver of a 2020 Jeep. Deputy Radovich approached the driver of the other vehicle, 20-year-old Elvis Sangurima of Peekskill, and began his investigation.
The investigation revealed that Sangurima was traveling Northbound on Route 9 in a 2011 Honda Pilot when his vehicle crossed the double yellow line and struck the Jeep, that was traveling southbound on Route 9, head-on. The female driver of the Jeep had a bloody nose on the scene and was transferred to a local hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown.
Sangurima, who was complaining of leg pain, was also removed to a nearby hospital. He had no visible injuries on the scene. There were no other occupants of either vehicle.
After further investigation, Deputy Roadovich, a certified Drug Recognition Expert, arrested Sangurima and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle while Impaired by Drugs, a Misdemeanor, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a Misdemeanor, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a Violation, Driving without a License and various traffic infractions. He was issued an Appearance Ticket to appear in the Town of Philipstown Justice Court on a later date. An alleged marihuana cigarette, a metal marihuana grinder, and 4 THC vape cartridges containing alleged concentrated cannabis were recovered in the Honda Pilot.
Besides the PCSO, other agencies responding to this incident are the North Highlands Fire Department, Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance, Garrison Volunteer Ambulance, and the New York State Police.
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