Mary MuellerAug 21, 2017, 1:34 pmAug 22, 2017, 10:41 pm

PD: Connecticut woman killed in wrong-way crash on Hutchinson River Parkway

Detectives say Kia Sorrento driven by Damita Mathis, 56, involved in multi-vehicle collision in Scarsdale


The woman who died Sunday in a wrong-way crash on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Scarsdale has now been identified. And questions remain about safety on the parkway after multiple wrong-way crashes this year.

Westchester County police identified the victim as 56-year-old Damita Mathis of Beacon Falls, Connecticut. Police say the crash happened around 4:30 a.m. when the victim's Kia Sorrento was involved in a multi-vehicle collision near the Weaver Street exit in Scarsdale.

The victim's passenger, another woman, was seriously injured along with the driver of a Land Rover. A Mercedes sedan was also involved in the crash.

Back in May, two other deadly wrong-way crashes occurred on the parkway, both of which police believe involved alcohol.

But State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti who represents Westchester says the problem is bigger than alcohol. He says the Hutchinson River Parkway and other area parkways need bigger and clearer signs on the roadways to alert drivers that they are going in the wrong direction.

Abinanti also says height barriers are needed on local parkway entrances and exits, but last year, his bill to enact that was vetoed by the governor last year.

The cause of this latest crash is still under investigation.

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