30 January 2020
Major Jennifer Gottstine
 Troop T Commander


On January 30, 2020, just before 8:30 p.m., Troopers from SP Tarrytown received reports of a wrong way driver near mile marker 7.2.  While Troopers were responding, a 2006 Jeep, operated by Jaime O. Paucar (corrected), age 50, of Amawalk, NY, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane and struck a 2018 BMW 330CI, driven by Jordan H. Wachtell, 57, of Ardsley, NY.  The crash caused the Jeep to roll over and come to rest on the center median guide rail.

Watchtell was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Passenger Eric B. Goldberg, 17, of Ardsley, NY, was pronounced deceased while being transported to Westchester Medical Center.  Two other 17-year-old passengers of the BMW, Preston J. Wachtell, of Ardsley, NY, and Jack H. Rosen, of White Plains, NY, were both seriously injured and transported to Westchester Medical Center.

Paucar was the sole occupant of the Jeep and once extricated from the vehicle, was transported to Westchester Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. 

Troopers at the scene were assisted by Troop K CRU (Collision Reconstruction Unit) and BCI.  The crash remains under investigation at this time.

Both eastbound lanes on I-287, between exits 9 and 9A, in the town of Harrison, Westchester County, were closed for nearly 5 ½ hours as State Police investigated the crash.  Traffic was diverted off the Thruway at the Brewster exit until shortly before 2:00 a.m.

An initial press release stated three cars were involved in the crash, an investigation determined only two vehicles were involved in the fatal crash.

On January 30, 2020, at approximately 8:30 p.m., State Police responded to a serious personal injury crash involving three vehicles on I-287 eastbound of the Cross Westchester Expressway.

The crash occurred near mile marker 7.2 in the town of Harrison, Westchester County.  All eastbound lanes are blocked and traffic is being diverted off at Exit 9A Brewster.  State Police confirmed one fatality.  

The road is expected to reopen in approximately 3-4 hours.  More information will be released as it becomes available.

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