Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the investigation into a three-vehicle personal injury automobile collision on Route 22, Town of Patterson, on May 19, 2022. It has been determined the cause of the accident was a southbound vehicle being operated at a high rate of speed that was driven into another southbound with considerable force and impact, which caused this second vehicle to then collide with a third vehicle that was temporarily stopped along the southbound shoulder of Route 22. The drivers of the second and third vehicles were the sole occupants in the vehicles and were both transported to Danbury Hospital for medical attention to injuries incurred in the collision.
The operator of the first vehicle, a 29-year-old male from Nassau County, NY, fled on foot southbound along route 22 away from the scene but was apprehended by responding Sheriff Deputies. Investigation revealed no apparent or alleged injuries to the suspect, who reported that his actions were intentional efforts to kill himself.
The subject was transported to Putnam Hospital Center, where he was examined by a Sheriff’s Office Drug Recognition Expert to assess drug and/or alcohol issues and determined they were not factors. He was also evaluated regarding medical and mental health concerns. He was subsequently arrested on charges of Felony Reckless Endangerment 1st degree, Misdemeanor Reckless Driving, and Criminally Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Automobile Accident, in addition to multiple Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. He was being held at Putnam Hospital Center for mental health evaluation and is required to appear in Patterson Town Court for arraignment on these charges at a future date.