The incident occurred on Tuesday, May 13, 1997 at 5:30 p.m. in the Northbound lanes of the Taconic State Parkway (about 2/10th of a mile south of the Pleasantville Road exit), Town of Mount Pleasant, Westchester County, NY.
The victim, Kevin P. Dennehy, of Amawalk, N.Y., was driving a 1993, grey, Subaru stationwagon.
The offending driver was a white male, with thick, curly hair, who was driving a pickup/sport utility with running boards that was larger than a Jeep and described as very well kept. The vehicle was blue or teal-green and had a rear-mounted spare tire covered by a tire cover that had a turquoise design on it. There were four undiscernable, white letters below the rear tire.
Witnesses stated that the vehicle operated by the victim was forced into the median strip by the offending vehicle. After entering the median, Dennehy's Subaru overturned, he was ejected, thrown into the middle lane of southbound traffic and critically injured.
The truck that caused the collision left the scene without stopping. Witnesses stated the truck exited the Taconic State Parkway at the next interchange, the Pleasantville Road exit, and headed in an easterly direction into the Pleasantville, N.Y. area.
One witness stated that both vehicles entered the Taconic State Parkway heading north. On the ramp connecting the parkways, Dennehy attempted to pass an uninvolved vehicle on the right shoulder, but was unable to do so and fell in behind the uninvolved vehicle. The truck was directly behind Dennehy.
As the vehicles merged onto the Taconic State Parkway:
Then, the truck passed Dennehy, and he moved into the left hand lane directly behind the truck. Then, Dennehy cut back across all three lanes into the right hand lane, passed the truck, and cut back across all three lanes into the left hand lane directly in front of the truck.
The truck then changed to the center lane, passed Dennehy on the right and pulled back into the left hand lane directly in front of Dennehy. The driver of the truck then applied its brakes causing Dennehy to swerve into the median and overturn.
A second witness stated that the truck did not pass Dennehy the second time, but bumped Dennehy from the rear, forcing Dennehy's Subaru into the median.
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