Out-of-control car kills pedestrian, crashes into house in Yonkers

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Monday, June 12, 2023
Out-of-control car kills pedestrian, crashes into Yonkers house
An out-of-control car killed a pedestrian and crashed into a house in Yonkers.

YONKERS, New York (WABC) -- Yonkers police are investigating a fatal car accident that left one dead before crashing into a home.

Authorities say it happened just before 7 p.m. on Sunday at 693 North Broadway in Yonkers.

According to police, the driver of a white Honda was traveling northbound on North Broadway before losing control of the vehicle, crossing the double yellow line and smashing into a home.

"Everything in the windows came crashing down on my sister," said the homeowner, who asked Eyewitness News not to reveal her identity.

"She came out from underneath the windows and everything. I'm still shook up," she said.

The sister suffered cuts and bruises and remains in a Westchester County hospital.

Before hitting the home, the vehicle struck a 70-year-old female pedestrian on the sidewalk.

The blunt impact threw the victim, identified as Chris Kenney O'Rouke, across a front yard and into a nearby cross street.

She was pronounced dead.

"I saw her shoes right in front of my house, so the impact was really big," recalled Alex Baez, who called 911. "When I ran over to the neighbor to see if she was okay, I saw the dead body over there."

The frightening incident left many who knew O'Rouke in shock.

"I know her pretty well," said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. "She's very much involved in the community, involved with the Yonkers Historical Society. She is going to be missed and like I said, my condolences go out to that family."

For her brother, Dave Kenney, this is something that can't even be processed right now.

"She was like having a second mom," he said. "She watched out for everyone. She cared about everyone. And she cared about Yonkers. She loved it."

Police launched both a criminal and an accident investigation.

Authorities have not charged the 54-year-old driver from White Plains, however first responders described her metal condition as "altered."

A toxicology test will determine whether drugs or alcohol may have been involved.

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