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Funeral For Ossining Crash Victim On Saturday

OSSINING, N.Y. – A wake for Jillisa McCarthy, an Ossining resident who died in a car crash on June 26 will be held on Friday at the Star of Bethlehem Church on Spring Street, and her funeral will be held on Saturday.

McCarthy, 20, was an Ossining High School class of 2009 graduate and a part-time worker at the Briarcliff Manor Atria senior living center. She died after the car she was in crashed into two sign posts on Interstate 87.

According to state police senior investigator Joanne Leoni, Travis Clark, 27, of Ossining, was driving a 2004 Honda Accord at around 4:50 a.m. on June 26 when his car went out of control just south of the Cross County Parkway, struck a guard rail and then two sign posts. Witnesses said the car was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour.

Clark died at the scene of the accident and McCarthy was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital in Yonkers.

"She was a very outgoing, beautiful girl and always willing to help," said Janis Knorr, the executive director of the Briarcliff Manor Atria. "She had a beautiful smile that would just light up the room. Our hearts go out to her family and we want to extend our deepest sympathies. It's very sad for all the co-workers. She was a very valued member and she will be dearly missed."

McCarthy worked at the Briarcliff Manor Atria for over two years as a front desk attendant, a dining room server and a wellness department worker, helping to care for residents, Knorr said.

A toxicology report for Clark has been ordered and authorities are awaiting results, Leoni said.

The wake for McCarthy will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at the Star of Bethlehem Church at 304 Spring St., and her funeral will take place on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

Funeral arrangements are being provided by Andre F. Baker Funeral Home.

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