01 May 2020
 
  NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
 
Major Jennifer Gottstine
   Troop T Commander
 
 


PRESS RELEASE
 

On October 20, 2019 Troopers from the New York State Police (Troop T & E) responded to a collision on the New York State Thruway in the Town of Tyre, Seneca County.  A 2015 Toyota Sienna, being operated by Suraj Singh, from Richmond Hill, New York was traveling eastbound on the New York State Thruway in the of Tyre, Seneca County, when Sing’s vehicle was struck, head on, by a second vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lane.  The vehicle traveling the wrong way was a 2011 Ford Edge, being operated by Heather L. Seller, age 43 from Lyons Falls, NY.  There were 3 passengers in Singh’s vehicle, who were identified as Danpatie Singh, age 40, from Richmond Hill, NY, Monica Amelda, age 61, of Brampton, Ontario Canada and Florie Singh, age 77, of Guyana.  Monica Amelda and Florie Singh were both pronounced deceased, following the crash.  Suraj Singh and Danpatie Singh were both transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY and treated for serious injuries, but have survived.  Heather Seller was transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY due to sustaining serious injuries in the crash.

 

Since October 20, 2019, the New York State Police Troop E Bureau of Criminal Investigation has actively investigated this crash.  On February 18, 2020 the facts of the investigation were presented to a Seneca County Grand Jury.

 

Following the Grand Jury presentation, on April 22, 2020 Heather L. Seller was arraigned by the Seneca County Court and released to appear at a later date.  Seller was charged with the following offenses;  

 

  • 5 counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide
  • 3 counts of Vehicular Manslaughter in the First Degree
  • 2 counts of Manslaughter in the Second Degree
  • 3 counts of Aggravated Vehicular Assault 
  • 3 counts of Vehicular Assault in the First Degree
  • 2 counts of Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree
  • Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Reckless Driving
  • Failure to Keep Right
  • Failure to Use Designated Lane

 

The New York State Police were assisted by the following agencies;

  • Seneca County District Attorney’s Office
  • New York State Thruway Authority
  • Magee Fire Department
  • Junius Fire Department
  • Clyde Fire Department
  • Canoga Fire Department
  • North Seneca Ambulance
  • South Seneca Ambulance
  • Finger Lakes Ambulance
  • Clyde Ambulance
  • Lyons Ambulance
  • Seneca County Fire Coordinators Office
  • Life Net Medical Helicopter
  • Mercy Flight Medical Helicopter  
 

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