Contraflow driver identified as Hudson Valley first responder
A fatal crash between two cars is blamed on a Hudson Valley first responder who police say was driving the wrong way.
Early Sunday morning, state police responded to a horrific head-on crash. The cars were traveling on the Palisades Parkway near Exit 10 when the double fatal crash occurred.
The driver of a blue Subaru Impreza involved in the crash has been identified as Aristan Garandeau. Police say the 22-year-old Croton on Hudson resident entered the Palisades Parkway and continued traveling in the wrong direction.
Garandeau was a full-time paramedic working with the Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The PCVAC announced his death on its Facebook page.
Aristan began his ems career as a volunteer with our neighbors Cortlandt Ambulance. He then got his EMT-Basic and was later hired by Ossining Ambulance. He was assigned as one of our full-time PCVAC paramedics through OVAC’s paid staffing, and while he was not an official PCVAC member, he was certainly part of our family. His smile and laugh could fill a room and he was loved by everyone who came through our doors.
It is not known if Garandeau was or was coming from work or on leave when the accident occurred. State police said the EMT was moving south into the northbound passing lane around 2:40 a.m. That’s when they say he hit a 2016 Toyota Avalon head-on in the same lane. Garandeau was pronounced dead at the scene.
A candlelight vigil was held Sunday evening by his fellow first responders.
The Toyota that was hit by Grandeau was driven by Brendan Seabrook of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. The 27-year-old driver was recovered from his car and was immediately transported to Nyack Hospital via New City Ambulance. At the hospital, Seabrook was pronounced deceased.
A Go-Fund-Me campaign has been set up by Seabrook’s sister, who says she would like to give her brother “one last amazing start with friends and loved ones”.
Today I received the worst news imaginable. I lost my brother, my heart and my best friend all in one. I don’t have many words to say right now, but you all know what he meant to me. I know my brother had a lasting impact on a lot of people and he had a huge impact on me!
Besides the two drivers, another victim of the crash was taken to Nyack Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
An investigation into the incident is still ongoing.