Wrong-way TZB driver Michael Schechel arrested, charged after July accident
YONKERS - An accused wrong-way driver from Rockland has been charged with criminally negligent homicide after causing a deadly five-car wreck on the Tappan Zee Bridge eight months ago.
Michael Schechel, 69, of Thiells, was arrested by state police. He is now facing up to four years in prison.
Mother of four Hannah Ayeh-Brachie, 56, was killed in the crash that occurred in July 2013. Her husband was also injured in the accident.
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Schechel was headed south on the northbound side of the bridge in his SUV, smashing into a total of five cars. His car collided head-on into Ayeh-Brachie's Nissan. The bridge was shut down for almost seven hours.
Rockland DA Tom Zugibe says it was an unusual case that took time to thoroughly investigate, from reconstructing the accident scene to completing the toxicology report.
At the time of the accident, Schechel apologized and blamed a possible anxiety attack.
State police are not saying what evidence led to Schechel's arrest.