Police Investigate Accident with an Extrication, Water Rescue

The driver who sustained serious injuries was released from St. Vincent's Medical Center.

A 27-year-old woman who suffered serious injuries in a two-car-accident on Main Street that sent her vehicle off the road and an SUV into icy water near Knollwood Drive late Friday night, was released from St. Vincent's Medical Center after being treated for serious injuries, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The hospital could not say what day she went home due to HIPAA privacy laws.

The patient's mother later wrote an email to Patch saying her daughter now staying at another hospital.

Police, firefighters and EMS volunteers rescued the driver of the SUV, a 41-year-old woman, from the water, and police said her injuries were "apparently minor".

Firefighters had to extricate the younger woman from her purple Hyundai. Both women were transported to St. Vincent's for treatment.

It was after 11 p.m. when the GMC Acadia SUV headed north on Main Street and the Hyundai headed opposite direction. Police said one of the vehicles went into the other lane, then both drivers turned sharply to avoid a head-on collision. The Hyundai went off the road and the SUV went into the water.

Police are still investigating the accident to determine who was at fault.

Eric January 08, 2013 at 08:16 PM
I think facts should be checked before publishing them!
Katie January 08, 2013 at 08:39 PM
knollwood resident January 09, 2013 at 01:03 AM
I was at the scene of the wreck. It seemed clear to me and many others that the behavior of the woman in the SUV was erratic beyond what might be expected of a person stranded in icy water. As observers, we gave her leeway for being extremely stressed because she had just survived a life-threatening event, but her actions and her language were bizarre. Was she given a sobriety test or otherwise screened for intoxicants? Was she cited with DUI?
Nancy January 09, 2013 at 01:57 AM
As the mother of the 27 year old woman - who remains in the hospital - I find this extremely offensive and disrespectful. I respectfully ask you not publish an article without the solid facts.
Christine E. January 09, 2013 at 04:44 AM
I'm not understanding what aspect of this article is being refuted.
knollwood resident January 09, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Based on what Nancy said, at least one incongruity is that the 27 year old woman has not been released and instead remains in the hospital. Well wishes to her as she continues to recover.
Joanie Baloney January 13, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Being a friend of the family, I spoke with the father at length. They are being very patient with the investigation, which will be a long and thorough one. The have to deal with the serious injuries of their daughter and it will be a long road ahead for her to recover. Speculating is just stupid. More articles like this one should not be published so these remarks won't be posted. My love, prayers and support are with you. xxoo
knollwood resident January 14, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I appreciate your reply Ms. 'Baloney.' I find it comforting to know the investigation is ongoing. Clearly many questions have yet to be answered. For example, I do not understand why the family of the 27 year old (who was reportedly the sedan driver) has been hurt by a question about the sobriety of the other driver? Reporting about the car wreck as been almost as strange as the wreck itself. My concern regarding the cause of the car wreck does not stem from a desire for tabloid gossip. As someone who drives Main St. everyday I want to know the police have done everything they can to remove local drivers with possible substance abuse problems from the road. This is a safety issue. To my knowledge I was the first person to interact with the woman in the water, before the police arrived. She initially told me there were 20 people with her in the water. When the police arrived she must have changed her response to 0...and then to 1 (thus prompting the search for a non-existent person). While recognizing the fact that traumatic stress can indisputably cloud one's ability to think and communicate, I think its reasonable to expect someone to know if they were driving alone or with a passenger (or 20) before the accident. I understand stress can do crazy things to people's minds! I get it. I do. But as a witness, local resident and driver, I need to know the police did due diligence by ruling out substance abuse as the cause of the SUV driver's unusual behavior.


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