Junior critically injured in accident
A senior at Haldane High School was killed and a junior critically injured in a crash on Dec. 15, according to the school district and the New York State Police.
Vlad Saban, 17, died at the scene and Theresa Timmons, 16, was taken to Westchester Medical Center.
The state police said the crash occurred at 8 p.m. on Route 9 in the Town of Cortlandt, just south of Philipstown, when Saban, driving a 2012 Toyota Prius southbound, sideswiped a Subaru Forester while passing illegally on the right shoulder. Police said he lost control and the vehicle struck a utility pole and then a tree.
First responders from the Garrison and Continental Village fire departments, along with Peekskill EMS, found Timmons unresponsive in the rear of the vehicle.
“Haldane is a close-knit community and I know that our collective heart hurts for the families that have been impacted by this tragedy,” Superintendent Philip Benante wrote on Sunday (Dec. 17) in a letter to the community. “The Crisis Response Team met this morning to develop a plan for supporting our students and staff members in the days ahead.”
Students and staff members were invited to gather later that day at the school to “support one another and to express their support for the Saban and Timmons families,” Benante said.
According to an obituary posted by Clinton Funeral Home in Cold Spring, Saban was the son of Liliya Shylivska and Sergiy Saban and spent his summers in Ukraine visiting his extended family. He was fluent in Ukrainian and English and a member of St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Campbell Hall, where he served as an altar boy.
Timmons is the daughter of Laura Timmons, the co-owner of the Homestyle bakery in Nelsonville; the teenager is familiar to many as a server at its ice-cream shop. Her mother said online on Wednesday that she is in a coma with a severe brain injury.
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