CARMEL – An Ossining man was killed in a head-on collision on Rt. 22 in Patterson, Oct. 9 about 6:30 a.m. near the intersection of Thunder Ridge Road.
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that Mr. Louis Arpi, aged 56, of Ossining, died as the apparent result of trauma injuries he sustained in a head-on collision between the car he was driving and another vehicle.
According to preliminary reports, Sheriff Smith said Mr. Arpi was driving alone in a 1986 Toyota van heading northbound on Route 22. Ahead of him, Ms. Damiana Mackoon, aged 47, of Patterson, was driving alone in a 2005 Jeep Liberty heading southbound on the road.
Mackoon reportedly attempted to pass a southbound tractor-trailer in a passing zone, but she was apparently unable to complete that passing maneuver and her vehicle struck Mr. Arpi’s oncoming car in the northbound side of the road. The two vehicles collided head-on, said Sheriff Smith.
A passerby called 911 to report the crash. Sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and EMS units responded to the scene, where Mr. Arpi was pronounced dead.
Ms. Mackoon suffered only minor injuries in the crash. She was taken by ambulance to Danbury Hospital, where she was treated and released.
The crash closed Route 22 to traffic for about three hours as state police and sheriff’s investigators reconstructed the crash and worked to clear the scene.
No tickets were issued at the scene and the crash remains under investigation, said Smith.