Harlow man in jail following crash in New York State
Crime / Mon 1st Aug 2022 pm31 02:11pm
A 20-year-old Harlow man is in a New York jail following a Saturday afternoon wrong-way crash that left several people injured reports the Mid Hudson News
Orangetown Police said Thomas Robb, 20, of Harlow, England, was driving the wrong way in a southerly direction on a one-way section of Greenbush Road in Blauvelt.
According to reports, the vehicle entered the intersection of Route 303 and struck a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze operated by Jacquelyn Pachay, 32, of Newark, New Jersey, who was driving north on Route 303 in the right lane.
The Chevy subsequently collided with a 2021 Dodge Challenger driven by Lawrence McMannis, Jr., 55, of Mahwah, New Jersey, who was driving north on Route 303 in the left lane.
All occupants were transported to local hospitals with varying degrees of injury. Police said boys, ages six and seven, were listed in critical condition.
Robb was charged with assault, leaving the scene of an incident with serious physical injury, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving.
My heart goes out to everyone in this accident. I spent hours at the crash site and had the opportunity to speak with one of the young men in the car with Thomas. I believe he was in shock and after seeing their car, I am positive that all 4 boys suffered concussions. After aiding the victims in the car (2 women, a teenager, an infant, and 5 children (the only child seat was the infant seat), and seeing the speed at which their car appears to have hit Thomas' car, It's a miracle they all remain alive. I would welcome conversation and discussion from anyone looking to condemn the boys (especially Thomas) without knowing the circumstances behind the accident from their side. While the accident has been deemed Thomas' fault, and there is belief that the boys intentionally ran from the scene, I would challenge anyone who finds fault with someone's reaction in shock, not knowing if there are additional events that may have contributed to the wrong way entrance. My heart and prayers go out to all. I did try to contact the consulate and offer my name and number to the families of the boys but was directed to the local authorities . I give this site permission to provide the boy's families with my information. The youngest man, I believe he is 17, was clearly distraught and confused. He could only think of contacting his mum which I offered to do, but he misplaced it while running and we could not find his phone. The police eventually found it. Please let the 17 year old boy's mother know that I tried my best to comfort him in this difficult event and was able to offer a hug. As for Thomas' family and the other boys, Please reach out if you are so inclined. God Bless them all.
Leaving the scene of the accident is a cowardly thing to do. He was just trying to avoid taking responsibility.
Susan I have never heard such rubbish. You sound like a social worker.
I completely disagree. I live in front of the accident scene, I am also a Registered Nurse with 35 years experience as well as training as a traumatic brain injury nurse AND i have experienced people acting in a multitude of ways when exposed to something traumatic. When something traumatic happens your brain says fight, flight, or freeze. If there are 4 people and one yells run, for whatever reason, after a shock, they all run. Unfortunately, I am quite familiar with the lack of compassion and understanding that comes without first hand experience. I pray that neigher you, Jerry, or you Mr. Forman have the misfortune of reacting poorly in a situation with poor judgement on the snap. It takes the military countless hours to train their troops to respond certain ways to trauma and stress. When you live upstairs from a danger zone and watch people who have not had any alcohol or drugs run in circles disrobing or holding their shoes (that have been knocked off their feet), because they are in shock, then by all means, I welcome your insight. Until such time, I offer my most sincere happiness for you both to never have had to experience anything like that and then react in a manner that leaves you scratching your own head. If something doesn't make sense, and there was no reason for someone to behave in a certain manner (no drugs/drinking/weapons/etc., then I will always default to TBI because of the effects I have witnessed first hand. In addition, I have no idea if any or all of them already suffered inflammation secondary to covid at some point. Impulsive regretful behavior is a symptom of a TBI if ever there was one. So, nope, no social work education... just plain old personal and eye witness experience.... But thank you for the complement Jerry.
What brain condition was he suffering from when he decided to drive in the wrong direction into oncoming traffic.