On Sunday morning in Ellenville, three people were killed and five were
injured in a crash between a church van and a tractor-trailer.
According to police, the crash occurred when a van, carrying seven members
of a Brooklyn church group, attempted to pull onto Route 209 from Nevele
Drive. As the van was turning onto Route 209, a tractor-trailer plowed
into the passenger side ot the van at about 10:30 a.m.
Apparently the church, Bethesda French Seventh-Day Adventist Church in
Brooklyn, held a religious retreat at the Honor's Haven Resort and
the group was traveling home when the crash occurred.
Three of the van occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver
and an additional passenger of the van were airlifted to Westchester Medical
Center in critical condition.The driver of the tractor-trailer and the
remaining passengers of the van were taken to Ellenville Hospital to be
treated for minor injuries.
The pastor of the church, Pastor Pierre Metellus of Bethesda French Seventh-Day
Adventist Church, identified two of the deceased as being Ricardo Anantua
of Long Island and Garry Edward of Brooklyn. The third victim's name
was not provided, Metellus said he was a young man in his late teens.
Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor would like to offer our deepest condolences
to the other members of the church and the friends and family of the victims
of this terrible accident.
At Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor we know tractor trailer vehicle
litigation, in fact, Joseph O'Connor is on the
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America National