SLOATSBURG – An 81-year-old wrong-way driver crashed head-on Tuesday night into a car on Interstate 87, leaving his wife dead and injuring him, state police said.

Police on Wednesday identified the 76-year-old passenger killed in the 8 p.m. crash just north of the Ramapo rest area as Madeline Lapides. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lapides was in a 1992 Toyota Camry driven by Alvin S. Lapides that was traveling north in the southbound lanes when it struck a Volvo being driven by an 17-year-old West Point man, Gaelyn V. Ashley, police said.

Alvin Lapides was taken by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern and treated for possible internal injuries, police said.

Ashley was not hurt in the crash.

The Troop F Collision Reconstruction unit responded to the scene and are still piecing together what happened.

It was not immediately known why Lapides drove the wrong way or if either one of the couple was wearing a seat belt.

Source: The Journal News


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