2 injured in Thruway crash after passenger accidentally presses vehicle's start/off button

The vehicle stalled and nearly came to a complete stop in the center lane.

News 12 Staff

Apr 11, 2024, 4:39 PM

Updated 42 days ago

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2 injured in Thruway crash after passenger accidentally presses vehicle's start/off button
Two people were hospitalized as the result of an accident when a passenger caused a vehicle to stall on the Thruway in Tuxedo park.
State police say the incident occurred when a Chevy SUV driven by 35-year-old Jacob Rottenberg of Highland Mills was traveling northbound in the center lane. It was reported that a passenger in the vehicle, 76-year-old Aron Malik of Brooklyn, accidentally pressed the start/off button while attempting to adjust the temperature inside the vehicle.
Viewer video of crash scene
The vehicle stalled and nearly came to a complete stop in the center lane. Meanwhile, 27-year-old Dean Knapp of Brooklyn, was unable to avoid colliding with the Chevy.
Knapp was transported to Garnet Medical Center for evaluation, while Malik was taken to Westchester Medical Center with injuries not considered life-threatening.
No tickets were issued in connection with the incident.


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