Two Were Killed In An Accident On The Way To A Basketball Game
Wrong-way collisions are often the violent, tragic accidents that make headlines. While they may seem to be a common occurrence, they actually make up a very small percentage of overall collisions. Despite this, wrong-way collisions often result in serious, traumatic injuries and fatalities. One of the primary reasons for this is that wrong-way collisions tend to take place on interstates and highways at high speeds. Some of the most common causes of wrong-way collisions are distracted driving, drowsy driving, and driving under the influence. Wrong-way collisions tend to happen more often in rural areas than in urban, and they tend to happen more often at night in dark conditions than during the day.
The Riverstown, New York Patch reports that a Westchester man is accused of causing the deaths of two people in a wrong-way crash.
50-year-old Jaime Paucar has been charged with aggravated vehicular manslaughter and aggravated driving while intoxicated in connection with a January crash. Paucar was arraigned on the charges in late March in the New Rochelle City Court.
On January 30th, Paucar was driving his Jeep west in an eastbound lane of I-287 in Harrison. He crashed head-on into a BMW which was occupied by four people.
57-year-old Jordan Wachtell, the driver of the BMW, and 17-year-old passenger Eric Goldberg were both killed. Goldberg was sitting in the back passenger seat on the driver’s side.
At the time of the crash, Wachtell was taking his son and the two other passengers to a basketball game.
The surviving passengers in the BMW and Paucar were all taken to the hospital for the treatment of injuries.