New York auto accident in Orange County has claimed the life of a 17-year-old from Middletown.
Armando Colon, a junior at Middletown High School, was on his way to his
high school prom when he was killed in a car accident. Colon was traveling
with three other friends in his 1997 Acura, and planning to meet his date
at the dance, which was being held in Wappingers Falls in Dutchess County.
He was coming off of Route 17 and about to merge onto Interstate 84 westbound
when he accidentally made contact with the rear wheels of a tractor-trailer
driven by Kasandra Lester, 44, of Manchester, Tennessee.
Captain Joseph Tripodo of the New York State Police told reporters, “The
car careened off the tires and ended up in a grassy knoll. It was a combination
of wet roads, driver inexperience and going too fast for the conditions.”
The three passengers in Colon's vehicle only suffered minor injuries,
but Colon's injuries proved to be severe and fatal. Elicia Hendrickson,
the victim's mother, said, “His last words to his friends were,
‘Tell my family I will be looking over them.’” Colon
was pronounced dead at Orange Regional Medical Center.
Colon's dream was to become an officer in the U.S. Marines. He entered
the ROTC at Middletown High School. He knew that ROTC would advance his
career, give him college credits, and really set him up for the real world.
Colon was especially proud of his ROTC badges and ribbons, and his stepfather,
Patrick Hendrickson, said he will be buried in his ROTC uniform.
Our personal injury law firm extends our most heartfelt condolences to
the family and friends of Armando Colon.
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