Man, 30, Charged In Wrong-Way Crash That Led To Saw Mill Parkway Closure

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Francisco Herrera
Francisco Herrera

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County Police arrested Francisco Herrera, 30, of the Bronx, on multiple charges after he was accused of driving the wrong way on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers and colliding with another car on Wednesday.  

The accident resulted in the closure of the northbound Saw Mill in the area of Executive Boulevard for more than an hour starting just after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Herrera was charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree and driving while intoxicated, both misdemeanors, following the incident, which occurred about 6 a.m., according to police. 

County police received a 911 call from a motorist reporting that a black Hyundai sedan was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes in the vicinity of Executive Boulevard in Yonkers.

At the same time, a motorist flagged down county police officer David Johnson to report the same information. Johnson then came upon the scene of an accident on the Saw Mill near Odell Avenue. A black Hyundai had collided with a Subaru Legacy sedan as the Subaru was traveling northbound in the left lane of travel, according to police.

Police said the driver of the Subaru, a 55-year-old woman from Philadelphia, Pa., was transported to the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla with non-life threatening injuries.

Herrera was booked at county police headquarters in Hawthorne and will be arraigned on Wednesday in Yonkers City Court. He was also issued a summons for driving the wrong way on the parkway.

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