Fatal Accident in Putnam Valley

Sheriff Kevin J McConville reports investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident on December 30.

At approximately 3 pm, deputies were dispatched to a one-car accident on Route 301, approximately a mile west of the Taconic Parkway in Putnam Valley. The investigation had found that a vehicle being operated by James Cottrell, a 65-year-old male from Cortland Manor, NY, was alone in his vehicle and was traveling eastbound when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and traveled up the end of a guide rail where it overturned and struck a rock embankment. Mr. Cottrell was pronounced dead at the scene, and the investigation as to the cause is ongoing.

Deputies and Sheriff Investigators were assisted at the scene by the Town of Kent Police Department, the Kent and Putnam Valley Fire Departments, and ambulance.