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Southeast Woman Killed in Crash

A fatal accident occurred last week in Southeast.

According to Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, at about 6 p.m. Jan. 25, deputies were called to a motor vehicle accident in the area of 477 Tonetta Lake Road, involving two vehicles. The first arriving deputy was advised that one occupant was in need of immediate medical assistance, and proceeded to remove her from the vehicle and began CPR and use of an AED until relieved by Brewster EMS. 

One of the drivers, Marie Desimone, 64, of Southeast, was transported to Putnam Hospital in Carmel, where she was pronounced dead. 

The other driver, Alexis Gialanella, 36, also of Southeast, and her 5-year-old and 1-year old passengers, were also transported to Putnam Hospital, where they received evaluation of minor injuries. 

A join investigation with the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit determined that the vehicle operated by Desimone was headed westbound when, for unknown reasons, it crossed into the eastbound lane and struck the vehicle operated by Gialanella, head on. 

The roadway remained closed until about 9 p.m.

Law enforcement were assisted at the scene by Brewster firefighters and medics.

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