12 May 2020

Major Michael J. Drake
Troop K Commander

Southeast, New York – On May 11, 2020, the New York State Police began investigating a serious motor vehicle crash on Interstate 684 involving a highway construction worker.

At approximately 3:07 p.m., Troopers were dispatched to mile marker 26 northbound on Interstate 684 in the town of Southeast, a mile north of the rest area.  Initial investigation suggests Richard N. Russo, age 48, of North Salem, NY, was northbound in the right lane operating a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, and struck a worker contracted by the New York State Department of Transportation. 

The road worker identified as John Fitzpatrick, age 41, of Bronx, NY, was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center with serious but believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The Interstate in this area was partially closed northbound until approximately 8:10 p.m.

This investigation remains on-going.


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