A woman who police say was driving the wrong way was seriously hurt in a crash Tuesday night on Hutchinson River Parkway in Westchester County. The accident occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m. near exit 20, just South of Weaver Avenue in Scarsdale.
According to information provided by law enforcement, the 42-year-old Pelham woman was driving a 2015 Honda Accord northbound in the southbound lanes when her vehicle hit another vehicle traveling southbound. Police say it is unclear at what point the woman drove her vehicle onto the Parkway.
Two other vehicles were involved in the crash but police were not sure if the woman had also hit them or if they hit her vehicle as they slammed their brakes in an attempt to stop their vehicles from hitting her.
In all, four people were transferred to area hospitals, two of them with serious injuries. The driver of the Honda was one of those who was seriously injured in the crash. She was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx where she was treated for a serious head injury.
Police have charged her with first-degree reckless endangerment, driving while intoxicated, and reckless driving. The reckless endangerment charge is a felony, while the other two charges are misdemeanors.
The woman was arraigned in Eastchester Town Court, where her bail was set at $5,000. The woman is currently being held at the Westchester County jail on that bail amount. She is scheduled to appear at New Rochelle City Court next week.
The crash caused the southbound lanes between Mill Road and Weaver Street to stay closed until 6 a.m. the next morning.
When asked about the crash, personal injury attorney Neal Goldstein said, “The victims in this crash are lucky to be alive given the circumstances that police have provided about the accident. Although criminal charges have been filed against the driver, victims should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss what type of civil action can be taken against the driver for compensation for the injuries they sustained.”