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Fatal Accident in Carmel

A motorcyclist was killed May 31 in an accident on Route 301 near Gypsy Trail Road in Carmel.

According to Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, at about 2:10 p.m., several calls to Putnam County 911 reported that a motorcycle had struck another vehicle head-on. Sheriff’s deputies and Carmel police, along with emergency personnel from Carmel Fire Department responded to the scene. 

The motorcycle operator, identified as Peter Leist, 62, of Denville, NJ, was traveling westbound on Route 301 and had passed a few vehicles by crossing over the double-yellow lines when it struck a small bus driven by Lauren Hoffman, 23, of Carmel, which was traveling in the opposite direction, according to McConville.

Leist was pronounced deceased at the scene, and the roadway was closed between Dixon Road and Gypsy Trail Road for approximately three hours while an investigation was conducted with sheriff’s personnel and members of the New York State Police Troop K Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Also according to McConville, just before 7 p.m. May 31, deputies were dispatched to Route 22 just north of Sodom Road in the Town of Southeast for a motor vehicle accident involving a car and a motorcycle.

Preliminary investigation determined that a vehicle being operated by Christine Bueti, 52, of Katonah, turned left out of a restaurant driveway to head southbound on Route 22, when it was struck by a northbound motorcycle operated by Marvin Espanaventura, age 22. 

Bueti was arrested at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated and issued a ticket for failing to yield the right of way when making a left turn. She was processed at the Putnam County Correctional Facility and issued an appearance ticket for a future court date. 

Espanaventura was transported to Danbury Hospital in serious condition by Brewster Ambulance. He was issued tickets for operating a motorcycle without the proper license, operating without insurance, operating an unregistered vehicle and operating without an inspection certificate. 

Members of the Brewster Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene. 

Investigation is ongoing with sheriff’s personnel, along with the New York State Police Troop K Collision Reconstruction Unit.


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