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West Harrison Man, 29, Dies in Car Accident on I-684

Christopher Pettee suffered massive head trauma during the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 29-year-old West Harrison man died in a violent car accident on I-684 early Sunday morning, confirmed New York State Police. 

Christopher Pettee, 29, was speeding in a 2008 Nissan Maxima in the southbound left lane of I-684 near Armonk when he struck the rear of a 2001 Nissan Sentra in the same lane around 12:20 a.m., said investigator Joseph Becerra.

The Sentra, driven by Rudonna Atkinson, in her early 30s, of Mount Vernon, went into the grass median. Pettee's Maxima crossed over three lanes following the impact and flew into an embankment, hitting several trees and breaking into three parts. Pettee was reportedly thrown from the vehicle even though he was wearing a safety belt. 

Becerra said Pettee died of massive head trauma, among other injuries, sustained during the crash. He was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Atkinson was taken to Northern Westchester Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released. 

The Armonk Fire Department, New York State Police troopers and investigators, and the Accident Reconstruction Unit responded to the accident. 

One lane remained open on I-684 near the scene, which was cleared by 5 a.m.

Moma November 05, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Why are you providing such graphic details?? Think!
unphased November 05, 2012 at 05:58 PM
@Moma, I'd rather have every detail then no details at all. The details that Julia provided aren't graphic, they are informative. If you think these details are too graphic then maybe an article about death isn't something that you should be reading. Facts aren't "graphic," they are informative. I don't want my facts sugar coated because people like you can't handle it. Grow up. @Julia please keep up the good work, and thank you for keeping us informed.
Dr. J. Schlesinger November 06, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Another thought: maybe spelling out the real, terrifying consequences will inspire another speeder to think twice. ?
john November 10, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Graphic? Did i miss the pictures?
teresa hoff November 13, 2012 at 07:25 PM
does anyone know if alcohol was involved
Shelly Boyle December 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Driving is a great responsibility. When you get behind the wheel, you cannot be wreckless or else your life and other lives are at jeopardy. It is a senseless and violent way to die. I have personally known two young people who died this way because they were careless and liked to speed on the highway. Two children were left fatherless and families lives were changed forever. It is better to take a cab or stay at a friends house, if you are unable to drive. Use common sense !!

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