Man Arrested for Fatal Car Accident

According to State Police a Westchester man was arrested following an accident that left one woman dead. Around 10:00 Saturday night, a Jeep being driven by a Carmel woman was turning left after exiting a parking area, and cut off Dodge Caravan being driven by 57-year old retired Carmel police officer Richard O’Keefe, who struck the Jeep. The vehicle overturned, killing 54-year old Fran Gheralducci of Somers, who was riding in the backseat and was pronounced dead at the scene when first responders arrived. O’Keefe was arrested after it was detected by police that he was driving while intoxicated and was charged with felony counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter. He and his passenger were not injured and the other three people in the Jeep were taken to Westchester Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The former police officer and Carmel Town Board member will be seen in court on December 1.

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