Woman on way to funeral killed in three-vehicle crash
A Monday morning crash in Philadelphia claimed the life of a 24-year-old woman on the way to her grandfather’s funeral. Sadly, her family will now have to plan another funeral as a result of the car accident.
The woman, from New Windsor in Orange County, was reportedly driving a Honda Civic north on Route 11 about two miles north of the village. Her vehicle apparently entered the other lane, colliding with a Chevy Blazer traveling south on the road. A third vehicle, an Oldsmobile, also hit the woman’s car. She was pronounced dead at the scene. According to sources, her body was taken to Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, for an autopsy.
The other drivers were taken to different hospitals with varying injuries, including chest and knee pains. At this point, it is not clear why the woman veered into the wrong lane. According to police reports, all three drivers were wearing their seat belts and it did not appear speeding or alcohol consumption were involved in the accident.
The accident apparently led to the highway’s closure. It was re-opened later in the morning on Monday. According to reports, Jefferson County deputies responded to the accident, scene as did firefighters from Antwerp and Philadelphia.
According to reports, the woman’s family was at the grandfather’s funeral, scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. that morning, at St. James Catholic Church in Gouverneur when they found out about the woman’s death. The funeral reportedly proceeded on schedule that morning, as the family mourned a loss they weren’t expecting.