19 August 2021
 
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
Major Carla A. DiRienzo
Troop T Commander
 
 


 
PRESS RELEASE
 

***UPDATED: NAMES RELEASED***

On Thursday, August 19, 2021, around 8:20 a.m., State Police responded to a multi-vehicle serious injury crash that occurred on I-287 eastbound (Cross Westchester Expressway), between exits 10 and 11, in the town of Harrison.

Further investigation at the scene revealed that a total of 5 vehicles were involved in the crash that claimed the lives of a husband and wife.

62-year-old David A. Massarotti was operating his 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck, with his wife, 60-year-old Chandra Massarotti, who was seated in the front passenger seat. Massarotti was in the right lane, slowing down in traffic. Jorge Pereira, 51, of Ossining, NY, was operating a 2007 Chevrolet 4500 HD dump truck, hauling a cement mixer and traveling eastbound in the right lane when he struck the Chevy Colorado in the rear.

The impact caused a chain reaction of events which first led to the Chevy Colorado striking a 2014 Honda Accord Crosstour in the rear, which was driven by Joseph G. Digiovanni, 42, of Ridgefield, CT.

The Honda Accord then struck a 2013 Chevrolet Express van, operated by Daniel Moreno, 45, of White Plains, NY. The van struck the fifth and final vehicle, a 2016 Jeep Cherokee, operated by John A. Gruber, 60, of Cortlandt Manor, NY. Moreno and Gruber did not report being injured at the scene.

Digiovanni was transported to Westchester Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

David and Chandra Massarotti suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Westchester County Medical Office. The couple were from Richmondville, NY.

Pereira was transported to White Plains Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. He has been issued tickets and has cooperated with the investigation which remains ongoing.

Eastbound traffic was diverted at exit 10 while accident reconstruction was being conducted. All the lanes reopened shortly before 2:00 p.m. Troopers were assisted on the scene by Troop K BCI and CRU (Collision Reconstruction Unit), Troop T CVEU (Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit), Thruway Maintenance and Traffic Safety, Harrison and Purchase Fire Department and EMS, and Port Chester EMS.

State Police are requesting that if anyone witnessed the crash, please contact SP Hawthorne at 914-742-6400 with any information.

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Harrison, NY – Troopers are currently on the scene of a crash involving two passenger vehicles and a cement truck on I-287 eastbound, in the town of Harrison, Westchester County.

The crash occurred at approximately 8:24 a.m. between exit 10 (Purchase/Port Chester) and exit 11 (Port Chester/Rye).  Two fatalities have been confirmed. All eastbound lanes are blocked at this time while accident reconstruction is being conducted.  Traffic is being diverted at exit 10 Purchase/Port Chester. 

More information will be released when it becomes available. 

 

 

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