Major Carla A. DiRienzo
Troop T Commander
Clarkstown, NY – On August 15, 2021, at approximately 7:47 a.m., State Police responded to a serious personal injury crash on I-87 northbound, in the town of Clarkstown, Rockland County.
A preliminary investigation determined a 2015 Honda Accord, operated by Alon M. Forbes, 18, of Bronx, NY, was traveling northbound in the area of mile marker 18.7, when he struck the rear of a 2016 Subaru Outback. The Honda continued off the right shoulder, through the guide rail, and came to rest down a 40-foot embankment.
Forbes was transported to Nyack Hospital for minor injuries and has since been released. The Honda’s front seat passenger, Ashawn Duncan, 18, of Spring Valley, NY, was transported to Nyack Hospital for serious injuries and is currently in critical condition. Back seat passengers, Jasear Hill, 19, or Brooklyn, NY, and Anthony Oranvil, 18, of New City, NY, were both transported to Nyack Hospital for minor injuries and released. A third back seat passenger, Rashid K. Hopson, 19, of Spring Valley, NY, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Rockland County Medical Examiner.
The driver of the Subaru, Terri L. Kugler, 59, of Hawthorne, NJ, was not injured.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by Clarkstown Police Department and Fire Department, Troop F BCI and CRU (Collision Reconstruction Unit), as well as Thruway Maintenance. The crash remains under investigation at this time.