Two New York State Troopers are recovering from their injuries following a crash this past weekend in which an alleged drunk driver hit their patrol car head-on. Thankfully, none of the injuries sustained by the Troopers is life-threatening.
The hard-working men and women of the New York State Police dedicate themselves to serving and protecting the public. Traffic enforcement and DWI patrols are important facets of Troopers’ duties, and this crash further proves the dangers faced by Troopers every day as well as the terrible consequences of drinking and driving.
Below is an article from the Daily Freeman newspaper of Kingston about the crash.
Two troopers, three other people injured in head-on crash
By Mary Fairchild , Freeman staff
CATSKILL – Five people, including two state troopers, were injured when an allegedly drunken driver crossed the center line of state Route 23A and struck a patrol car head-on, police said on Saturday.
Troopers Ian Degiovine, 29, and Steven Anslow, 29, were pulled from their car by members of the Kiskatom Fire Department and flown to Albany Medical Center after the accident at 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to state police at the Catskill barracks.
Degiovine was admitted to the hospital with facial fractures, police said. Anslow was treated for neck pain and released.
Both troopers are assigned to the Catskill barracks. Police did not say which one of them was driving the patrol car or how long either of them has been on the force.
The driver of the other car, Joseph D. Lazzarra III, 24, of Hudson, was charged with drunken driving, police said.
Police said Lazzarra was eastbound on Route 23A in the town of Catskill in a Dodge SUV when he crossed the center line and struck the patrol car.
Lazzarra and his front-seat passenger, Daniel Barrett, 23, of Hudson, both suffered broken legs, police said; the back-seat passenger, Michael Maresco, 24, of Claverack, suffered multiple fractures to his arms and ribs.
All three were flown to Albany Med and admitted.
None of the injuries in the crash appeared to be life-threatening, police said.
Besides drunken driving, Lazzarra was charged with vehicle and traffic violations and could face additional counts, police said.
They said Lazzarra is likely to be in the hospital for several days and will face court action after he is released.
State police were assisted at the scene by Catskill village police, the Kiskatom and Catskill fire companies, the Cairo and Hunter ambulance squads, the Catskill and Greenport rescue squads and Greene County Emergency Services.