Police Investigating If Drag Race Led To Fatal Saw Mill Parkway Crash

Tow workers remove the 2010 Camaro from the side of the northbound Saw Mill River Parkway after a driver died in a 30-foot fall from the Ashford Avenue Bridge in Ardsley.
Tow workers remove the 2010 Camaro from the side of the northbound Saw Mill River Parkway after a driver died in a 30-foot fall from the Ashford Avenue Bridge in Ardsley. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
The driver of a 2010 Camaro drove through the Ashford Avenue Bridge guard rail to his death, Wednesday morning July 30.
The driver of a 2010 Camaro drove through the Ashford Avenue Bridge guard rail to his death, Wednesday morning July 30. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

This story has been updated

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County Police have identified the victim who died early Wednesday when his car left the Saw Mill River Parkway at the Ardsley exit ramp, crashed through a railing and plunged about 30 feet to the ground below.

The victim is 21-year-old Christopher Seguinot of 21 Old Lake St. in West Harrison, police said in a press conference early Wednesday afternoon. The incident occurred at about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday.

A county police officer was patrolling the Saw Mill Parkway in Hastings-on-Hudson when he saw several cars slowing on the parkway's northbound side, in an apparent sign that a drag race was about to start, according to the police report by Westchester County Police Commissioner George Longworth.

The officer reported that a race began and that he lost track of the cars described as a Camaro and a Dodge Challenger, according to Longworth's statement. The officer followed the cars to Exit 17 in Ardsley where another motorist flagged him down and told him a car had crashed.

According to police reports, the Camaro crashed through an 18-inch-high concrete barrier with metal guardrails and hit a tree before falling on its top on a grassy section near the northbound lanes of the Saw Mill River Parkway. Branches from the tree were lodged in the car from the tree and a sign directing traffic to nearby Dobbs Ferry Hospital Hospital was stuck in the ground.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the car was removed at about 9:30 a.m. after an investigation.

The northbound Saw Mill River Parkway was closed for more than eight hours and the Ashford Avenue Bridge for 10 hours before reopening at 10:25 a.m.

An 18-foot section of the guard rail was dislodged and repairs were being made Wednesday afternoon.

For more on the overnight crash, including photos from the accident scene, click here.

Comments (6)

That kid Brandon Neider, the one who pretended to run for City Council started the drag race.

Terrible

Terrible

T

I've drag raced for any years, but never on the street or highway. If you want to race go to a track. Street racing gives our sport a bad name. My prayers go out to the family for their loss.

Terrible loss of a young life .. prayers to his family.
Please do not drag race as this the risk you take of hurting not only yourself but possiby others.