A Bethel man is dead after police say he was driving too fast on Route 17B in Thompson. YNN's Eva McKend reports.
THOMPSON, N.Y. -- "I told the gentleman to stay, don't move. I don't want anything to happen to him, to stay still," said Pedro Correa.
Correa, who lives near Kitz road, was with Donald Murray Jr., 52, in the final moments of his life. He said a mostly inaudible Murray kept repeating something about his children.
"It feels like I'm seeing my own father on the ground. I was standing next to the door on the passenger's side because I didn't want to touch the driver's side," said Correa.
According to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday afternoon Murray was traveling westbound on Route 17B at a high speed, skidded out of his lane, and ultimately crashed into an eastbound car carrying two Sullivan County women. Both women were sent to area hospitals.
"Just going too fast. It appears as though he was unable to stop. He skidded out of control right into the oncoming lane where another car was traveling," said Blake Muthig, Chief of Patrol for the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
After the crash there was a sense of urgency to clean up the scene. It is a well traveled route, especially for school busses. Residents say they've seen too many accidents happen on 17B.
"Sometimes you make a call and you have to wait for them to show up and it takes a long time for them to show up, but for me in my heart, he probably would have been saved," said Correa.
The Sheriff's Office says response time and other details of the two car fatal accident are still under investigation.
"I am only familiar, within the last three years, with one other fatal accident that happened down here near the bottom of the hill," said Muthig.
"I tried to keep him, to stay up, but I guess he couldn't do it. It's just bad. It hurts bad seeing somebody go just like that," said Correa.
The Sheriff's Office added there were no break pads on the rear wheels of Murray's car.