2013-01-31 / Front Page

Young Couple Seriously Injured In Carmel Crash

Both airlifted to Valhalla hospital

EMS personnel aid the two victims of Monday’s crash on Seminary Hill Road in Carmel / Eric GrossEMS personnel aid the two victims of Monday’s crash on Seminary Hill Road in Carmel / Eric Gross

A young Carmel couple was seriously injured Monday in a single car crash on Seminary Hill Road in Carmel.

Carmel Police identified the victims as Alexis Casey, 20 and Joseph Wirchansky, 21.

Police said the Honda driven by the young woman was traveling at excessive speed when it went out of control on the narrow and winding road and overturned, crashing into a tree with tremendous impact.

Officer Michael Williams said passersby stopped to assist and managed to extricate both victims from the demolished car before emergency responders arrived.

Carmel Fire Department personnel under the command of Chief Robert Lipton and Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps members under the direction of Captain Peter Jones summoned assistance and two paramedics from the TransCare Ambulance Service rushed to the scene.

Due to the severity of the injuries, two medivac helicopters were requested. Since both Stat-Flight choppers were on previous calls, the region’s mutual aid plan went into effect and helicopters arrived in Carmel from Hackensack, New Jersey and a State Police chopper from Stewart Airport.

Putnam’s Director of Emergency Medical Services Robert Cuomo explained “in a situation like this it is imperative to transport both victims as quickly as possible to a major trauma center. The helicopter can get them there much faster than a ground ambulance.”

Both helicopters airlifted the patients to the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash in order to determine if summonses will be issued.

Assisting at the scene was Sheriff’s Deputy Adam McKechnie, members of the Carmel FD Fire Police and a representative of the Putnam Bureau of Emergency Services.

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