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Close call for Brooklyn woman in Catskill

July 8, 2019 02:06 pm Updated: July 9, 2019 01:17 am

CATSKILL — A Brooklyn woman had luck on her side Monday morning after she escaped a freak car-pedestrian accident with minor injuries.

The 68-year-old woman pulled over into the parking lot at 169 West Bridge St., across from Beer World, and forgot to put her 2017 Ford CMX into park, Catskill Village Police Lt. Ronald Frascello said. Police were called to the scene at around 8:30 a.m. The woman’s name has not been released.

“The vehicle began to roll because it was on an incline,” Frascello said. “The woman got trapped behind the door of the vehicle and was dragged 42 feet.”

The woman was not alone, and that might have saved her life, Frascello said.

“Thank God she had a passenger,” Frascello said. “The passenger applied the brake.”

The woman was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, Frascello said.

Her vehicle did not sustain any damage, he said.

Town of Catskill Ambulance also responded to the scene.

Monday’s freak accident comes one week after two women were seriously injured in separate crashes in Catskill.

Linda Neu, 60, of Hurley, was traveling south on Route 32 near Cauterskill Road June 30 on a 2004 Yamaha around 3:30 p.m., state police Public Information Officer Steven Nevel said.

“When she was operating around a right curve, the vehicle drifted into the northbound lane,” Nevel said.

The first oncoming vehicle, a 2004 Toyota 4-Runner, swerved to the left to avoid hitting Neu, but the bike’s handle bars hit the vehicle, Nevel said.

Then a 2015 Hyundai Sonata, which was behind the 4-Runner, struck the motorcycle. Neu was ejected from the bike, which was totaled, Nevel said.

Neu had serious injuries, Nevel said.

“She had a compound fracture in her right leg with heavy bleeding,” Nevel said. “She was not conscious or breathing.”

Troopers applied a tourniquet to Neu’s leg to stop the bleeding.

“Troopers, EMS personnel and Catskill Fire were instrumental in saving this woman’s life,” Nevel said.

Neu was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where she underwent surgery, Nevel said.

Police will not be able to determine what caused Neu to lose control of her motorcycle until they are able to interview her, Nevel said.

State police are investigating what caused Doris Sippola, 74, of Palenville, who had been traveling west on Route 23A at about 2:43 p.m. July 1, to lose control of her vehicle.

“For unknown reasons she left the roadway and hit a rock embankment,” Nevel said.

Sippola’s 2000 Chevy HHR rolled at least once, coming to rest in the center of the road, Nevel said.

Catskill Fire Department had to use two sets of the Jaws of Life to extract Sippola from her vehicle, with another pair on standby, according to the department’s Facebook page.

Sippola was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where she was treated for facial fractures, Nevel said.