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Thruway Collision Leaves Rockland Woman, 76, Dead

Wrong-way driver slams into another motorist Tuesday night.

A 76-year-old Rockland woman was killed in a two-car, head-on crash on the New York State Thruway in Sloatsburg Tuesday night, state police told Patch.

The accident occurred at about 8 p.m., when a motorist driving the wrong way slammed into another vehicle. The wrong-way driver was injured, and his passenger -- the 76-year-old Monsey resident -- was killed.

The driver of the other car was injured, as well, authorities said.

Police Wednesday identified the fatality as Madeline Lapides, according to reports on LoHud.com by Alex Taylor. Lapides was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her husband, 81-year-old Alvin Lapides, entered the Thruway in the wrong direction in Nanuet and drive nearly 10 miles before the deadly crash.

Alvin Lapides was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the second car was not injured.

Odd Job January 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM
How does a passenger sit by while the driver is driving on the wrong side of the freeway? This makes no sense to me. Not wearing seat belts, that is also mind boggling.
Odd Job January 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM
The vehicle had a red inspection sticker which means he was not up to date on the safety inspection. 2011 was Red and 2012 Blue and 2013 is Grey. So he can claim "Mechanical Failure" or "Unintended Acceleration" to save himself.
Tim January 24, 2013 at 04:21 AM
I think now is the time for at least New York State to think about limiting the age of the older drivers, it's not cruel but it might save alot of lives. They don't have the reaction of the younger drivers and at night can get dis-orientated with the roads, roadsigns and oncoming lights. My family took my 77 year old mother's keys away after she was involved in an accident in which she was struck by a young girl on her cellphone, we figured it's safer for her not to drive.
Giovanna January 24, 2013 at 05:32 AM
I was on the thruway when this happened. It was horrific. It was very scary especially since my husband and I had our newborn in the truck.

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