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One Person Is Dead After Major Two-Car Accident on Bear Mountain Parkway

Police are looking for a third driver who left the scene of the accident.

A major collision between two cars on the Bear Mountain Parkway in Cortlandt Friday night has left one person dead and injured two others.

The accident, which happened just after 6 p.m., shut the roadway in both directions near Locust Avenue for several hours. 

 said three people — a driver and passenger in one car and a driver in another — were taken to the  and Westchester Medical Center respectively.

The 27-year-old passenger, a Lake Peekskill man, was seriously injured in the crash and was pronounced dead at the hospital. His identity has not yet been released pending family notification.

New York State Police investigator Sean Morgan said the accident occurred when a third vehicle tried to make a left turn off the Bear Mountain. That driver left the scene of accident and a witness described the vehicle as a white SUV, police said. Officials said the left turn was a legal turn since there was a break in the double yellow line. 

"The vehicle behind him had to come to a stop abruptly, but to avoid collision it swerved into oncoming traffic," he said. 

That's how the 56-year-old driver from Cortlandt struck the second vehicle operated by a 24-year-old Shrub Oak woman. 

The female driver sustained lacerations and abrasions to her face, while the male driver appeared to have sustained a head injury, which police said were not life threatening. 

It was not yet clear whether anyone would be charged in the crash.

Mohegan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, State Police and Westchester County Police also assisted. The State Police Collision Investigation Unit was on the scene to reconstruct the accident.

Anyone with more information about the third vehicle is asked to call State Police at 914-788-8044.

Editor's Note: The article has been updated since its original publication as more information became available. 

kenneth gilleo December 10, 2011 at 01:11 AM
that was a bad one
Teleman December 10, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Drive it everyday- it really needs a median divider
leesther brown December 10, 2011 at 04:03 AM
R.I.P Lamar("Big L") Barnes...
Rubio4u December 10, 2011 at 06:11 AM
There won't be any median there until one of these politicians or some other big shot losses their life or one of their loved ones losses theirs. The lives of the common everyday working person don't add up to a hill of beans.
Brian Mac... December 10, 2011 at 12:32 PM
The day of roads without proper medians should have been corrected in the early 80's, when the boom to move into Northern Weschester began!!!! These deaths are always heart-breaking and senceless and even more hurtful when it's the holiday season.!!!! Please accept my sincere condolences to all that have been impacted by this tragedy. I just lost my Mom unexpectedly on November 19th, it's not an easy period in anyone's life, loss is painful. I have tried to remember the great qualities my Mom had, and to also reflect on all the happy memories I have of my Mom. I hope you can find the strength to endure this difficult time. Remember the best way out is always through. I am also spending time giving back by volunteering my time, and also commmiting "random acts of kindness" in my Mom's honor...God Bless....
Rodney Lowe December 10, 2011 at 12:34 PM
R.I.P. Lamar!
Vishnu Patel December 10, 2011 at 01:28 PM
Hi Brian, Kindness is the language Blind can see and Deaf can hear. Thirty years ago father and son died in a car accident near my house on Thanksgiving eve. It took nearly twenty five years amd many more deaths before they fix the part of the problem (Willoway Street RT 202/35/119) in Yorktown. It took three decades to fix it. No serious accident has occured in last two years. We neede more people like you who are ready to help. Thank you for your service to the community. Happy Holidays to all. Vishnu Patel Yorktown Councilman.
sheila Harris Coleman December 10, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Damn Something has to give with this dangerous road!! Year after year it Claims innocent lives..NYS where is the median to prevent these types of accidents? RIP Baby Brother Lamarr "BIG L" Barnes
RGD32162 December 10, 2011 at 03:11 PM
On December 26,1996 I was returning home from work around 5 PM and was hit head on near North Division St. by a drunk driver with 3 other passengers who swerver across the raod into my lane. I was driving a 1988 Bronco and they were in a Toyota Corolla. Due to the size difference of the cars they went underneath my Bronco. I was uninjured (my bronco was totalled) Therr of the four in the Toyota were seriously injured and had to be flown out by helicopter. How meny more people will be killed or seriously injured before something (like installing a guardrail) is done to fix this "killer road" The Bear Mountain Parkway was built for Model A Fords driving 30MPH not the highspeed cars of today. The answer isn't in the speed limits because what ever the speed limit is most drivers pay no attention to them
Andrea December 10, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Guardrails should be required. People obeying signs too. If the driver was turning on to Locust, I believe there is a no turn sign. That road scares me when I drive it. My mother-in-law died in a car crash on Rt134 in Yorktown, person also swerved into left lane, my heart goes out to the families.
Ed Cummins December 10, 2011 at 09:18 PM
To the driver who disregarded a "NO LEFT TURN" sign on the Bear Mountain Parkway - a 27-year-old man is dead because of your negligence. I hope the authorities find out who you are and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. You have that man's blood on your hands.
leesther brown December 10, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Amen...
Grand Poobah December 10, 2011 at 11:31 PM
Condolences to the family. We may be angry at several things that are beyond our control, why not maintain sufficient distance from the vehicle in front of you so that if the moron decides to disobey a no left turn sign, you will be able to stop. If the moron behind you decides to tailgate, drive at a speed that is less dangerous for them to tailgate you this way they will not rear end you if the moron in front decides to disobey the no left turn sign.
Debra Smith December 11, 2011 at 04:04 AM
My prayers are with the family of this tragic lost, there is so many things we all can say about this accident, a life was taken because of another humans selfish needs.
marvin A santiago December 11, 2011 at 05:10 PM
R.I.P B.L. God Bless u
lisa December 12, 2011 at 03:20 AM
sensless people why cause u didnt want to hit the guy in front of u i hope whoever ur u wake up every day and look at ur sensless dumb move u killed a father, a best friend, a son, etc.. im realy upset and for him to leave us so soon is not how things for him were suupposed to end up that other driver shall sufferrrrr. RIP L LOVE LISA
Matthew Lutz December 12, 2011 at 02:13 PM
He'll suffer more than you know knowing that a person has died because of his split second decision, one that anyone of us could have made under the circumstances. BUT the real blame is to be placed on the moron who made an illegal non blinker abrupbt stop to make a left hand turn in a no turn zone off the parkway. That jerk is the ultimate blame for all injuries and death. I hope they find them as they are to pay for this accident. The driver who swerved is also a hardworking and extremely kind hearted father,friend,son to all who know him. We have know idea how we would react if put into the same situation. I pray for all those involved and hope for them to find peace within.....And for the IDIOT in the SUV to come forward MAN UP and take responsibility for the devestation you have caused, remember in the end we all have to face our maker on judgement day. Can you live with yourself knowing what you've done?
Trezza December 12, 2011 at 02:34 PM
I was really sorry to hear of the accident, and pray for the families involved. The bear mountain is a very dangerous road and I do my best to avoid it, when possible. There really ought to be a median there.
carole January 02, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I am the mother of the wonderful young man who lost his life in this horrific accident, I am begging anyone who has any information on the white SUV that caused my son to leave behind his wonderful 5 yr. old son to please come forward and call the State Police. RIP LaMarr I love and miss you so very much.
William D'Avanzo February 06, 2012 at 05:14 AM
People have been voted out of office because the roads are unsafe. Also, if one family member has a serious accident at a particular location it ls less likely a second family member will - because they will tend to be more careful in that area.
fran fenton March 03, 2012 at 01:32 PM
How many people have to die on that stretch of road before they put up a divider? people drive too fast and illegal and legal turns off that road are deadly. no place to go but head-0n into oncoming traffic. lived up here 35 years and avoid BMP at rush, not worth getting killed to get home a few minute early...
Frank J March 03, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Part of the problem is that left turns are permitted onto Locust Ave. I understand that there are people that live on that street but if we're going to continue to allow left turns the highighway needs to be made wide enough at that point to allow a dedicated left turn lane out of the traffic flow. Other solutions for the parkway in general are barriers and at this time considering all the loss of life and injuries, I'd even put in speed cameras. We've got to stop the carnage on this parkway.
Mari Peruyero March 11, 2012 at 07:07 AM
I'm sorry but tailgating is illlegal. The man who hit my boyfriend my sons father was doing such, he was at wrong too, even though he's a father a son ect, he's still here n LaMarr isn't n never will come back , my son will forever be fatherless n I blame him the man who hit the love of my life as well as the person who made the quick turn.

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