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South Fallsburg, NY - 4 Killed in Sullivan Car Crash; Site Known For Numerous Accident

Published on: December 6, 2009 01:48 PM
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Pleasant Valley Road Site Known For Numerous AccidentPleasant Valley Road Site Known For Numerous Accident

South Fallsburg, NY - Four people died Saturday morning when a car hit a tree so hard that the vehicle split in half, Fallsburg police said.

The victims’ names were not released because their families had not been notified. Detective Travis Hartman said the four were in their 20s and 30s.

The crash happened just after 10 a.m. when a black Infiniti failed to navigate a curve while driving north on Pleasant Valley Road. Police believe the car was being driven too fast.

The Infiniti crossed into the opposite lane, sideswiped a Dodge Durango, and then ran off the road. The driver’s door struck the tree so hard that the car split in half, crumpled and came to rest against a chain-link fence that runs along the Tarry Brae Golf Course.

“Given the injuries and the fatalities, this is one of the worst (accidents) we’ve ever seen,” Fallsburg police Chief Simmie Williams said.

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The car was carrying six passengers when it crashed. Four were pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash was along a stretch of Pleasant Valley Road that is especially dangerous because of a curve.

It’s been the site of numerous accidents over the years, including at least two fatal accidents, in 2001 and 2002, that killed a total of four people.


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 Dec 06, 2009 at 01:59 PM Anonymous Says:

I keep on saying this is the worst road in the mountines

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 Dec 06, 2009 at 01:59 PM Anonymous Says:

BH summer is over

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 Dec 06, 2009 at 02:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Very sad. Drivers need to learn to be humble on the road and never feel comfortable of the road. I drive like a slow grandma when I'm upstate where roads are very curvy just to be on the safe side.

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 Dec 06, 2009 at 02:13 PM experienced driver Says:

To # 3 Anonymous: ........especially in snowy weather!!!!!!!

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 Dec 06, 2009 at 02:27 PM chulentlovers Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Very sad. Drivers need to learn to be humble on the road and never feel comfortable of the road. I drive like a slow grandma when I'm upstate where roads are very curvy just to be on the safe side.

we agree with you a 10000000000000 percent...we are proud of people like you...this is the reason i don't drive, i dont trust myself, i am a nervous person and i dont want the achraious on my head...if only all people can like this....oy Hashem yireichem

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 Dec 06, 2009 at 02:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Why, so roads like these don't reach up and grab speeding drivers, forcing them to crash?? Sullivant County is not the Autobahn!

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 Dec 06, 2009 at 02:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Who are these kids

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 Dec 06, 2009 at 03:34 PM mioshe Says:

i thought only in the summer when the Brooklyn guys come up only then there is accidents with hi speed and reckless driving in Sullivan county i guess i am wrong or wait to see how some behame from there is gonna they they must be from Brooklyn with some shabbos car.

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 Dec 06, 2009 at 04:46 PM Mr. Smart Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

BH summer is over

Ediot
summer is around the corner
Lets act NOW

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 Dec 06, 2009 at 07:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
mioshe Says:

i thought only in the summer when the Brooklyn guys come up only then there is accidents with hi speed and reckless driving in Sullivan county i guess i am wrong or wait to see how some behame from there is gonna they they must be from Brooklyn with some shabbos car.

I am a year round resident of Sullivan County. Unfortunately, this kind of accident happens often here. Many people who come here for the summer are not aware of how populated this area is with fixed residents. Everyone should maintain safe speeds at all times. Country roads can be very dangerous when not taken in a safe manner.

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 Dec 06, 2009 at 09:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Police released the names of four people who perished when a black Infiniti they and two others were riding in Saturday morning hit a tree so hard the car split in half.
Wilmer Hernandez, 31, of South Fallsburg; Jesse Maldonado, 19, of South Fallsburg; Erlin Rubio, 24, of Woodridge and Jose Rivera, 31, of Swan Lake were all pronounced dead at the scene.
Chris Edwards, 24, of Liberty and Ever Padilla, 22, of South Fallsburg were severely injured and transported to the helipad at the nearby SYDA Foundation, and then Westchester Medical Center.
They were listed in critical condition Sunday morning, Detective Travis Hartman said. He didn’t know the extent of their injuries.
The crash happened just after 10 a.m. Saturday when the Infiniti failed to navigate a curve while driving north on Pleasant Valley Road. The Infiniti crossed into the opposite lane, sideswiped a Dodge Durango, then ran off the road.
The car struck the tree on the driver’s side with such force that the car split in half.
Police said Saturday that speed may have been a contributing factor.

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 Dec 07, 2009 at 09:27 AM Allan Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Why, so roads like these don't reach up and grab speeding drivers, forcing them to crash?? Sullivant County is not the Autobahn!

Very well said! High speed driving combined with curved roads and possibly slippery conditions can many times add up to a disaster in the making! Don't blame the roads..blame the drivers and their actions.

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 Dec 10, 2009 at 03:14 PM mother of chris Says:

its true the roads aren't to blame. so many young adults just dont understand cars are weapons.i'm hoping by this accident young people will wake up and yes wear seatbelts. young people have no idea what some thing like this can do to their parents are other family members. ------just to let everyone no chris is still in critical condition but he's a strong young man and prayers will get him through this. long road ahead thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts

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 Dec 13, 2009 at 10:36 PM Anonymous Says:

oh my god

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