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Connecticut Woman Killed In Wrong-Way Crash On Hutch

The Hutchinson River Parkway near the Weaver Street exit in Scarsdale.
The Hutchinson River Parkway near the Weaver Street exit in Scarsdale. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. — Westchester County Police have identified the people involved in a wrong-way crash on the Hutchinson River Parkway over the weekend that killed a woman from Connecticut and sent others to the hospital.

At 4:35 a.m. Sunday, 56-year-old Damita Mathis of Beacon Falls, Conn., was driving her 2014 Kia Sorento south in the northbound lanes of traffic when she struck another car near the parkway’s Weaver Street exit in Scarsdale.

Mathis and her passenger, 45-year-old West Haven, Conn., resident Uvette Frasier, were critically injured in the crash, according to county police, and hospitalized at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.

Mathis died later from her injuries, police said.

Two other vehicles were involved in the crash, a Land Rover driven by 29-year-old Waterbury, Conn. resident Mahendra Danrajh and a Mercedes driven by Queens native Michayl Velikov.

Danrajh was seriously injured and also taken to Westchester Medical Center. Velikov declined medical attention at the scene.

According to county police, an accident investigation team is reconstructing the crash to determine the specific sequence of events that led to the fatal accident.

“It remains unknown where Mathis entered the parkway going the wrong way and whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident," police said in a statement. "Toxicology tests on the deceased will be conducted by the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office as part of the investigation.”

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