A 36-year-old Vernon woman and a 30-year-old Hopatcong woman were killed and two others were seriously injured when the convertible they were in rolled over on Glenwood Road in the Pine Island hamlet of Hudson Valley, N.Y., on Saturday evening. Emily Carwile, of Vernon, and Jessica Dussault, of Hopatcong, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Warwick Police Lt. John Rader. Christopher Perrella, 32, of Vernon, was transported to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., and Joseph Giordano, 32, of Columbia, was transported to Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, N.Y., with what Rader said were serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
An internal report system from inside the vehicle — a 2015 BMW two-door convertible — alerted 911 around 7:30 p.m. that the car was involved in an accident. A neighbor also heard the accident and called police, Rader said. Rader said the driver, Perrella, failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the car, which left the roadway. The car rolled over and came to rest on its side against a vacant house. Carwile and Dussault, both rear-seat passengers, were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s office. Perrella had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency medical personnel and was flown by helicopter and Giordano was taken by ambulance. The convertible’s top was down at the time. Rader said it is not known at this time if the occupants of the car were wearing seatbelts. He said the road was dry and the weather was clear at the time of the accident.
The joint investigation by the Hudson Valley Police Department, the New York State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit and the Orange County District Attorney’s office is ongoing.