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New City Man, 64, Accused Of DWI, Assault After Nanuet Crash

Two people injured, had to be rescued by fire, ambulance crews on Route 304.

A 64-year-old New City man is charged with drunken driving and assault after a two-car accident Saturday evening in Nanuet, where two people were injured and had to be rescued from their wrecked car by volunteer fire and ambulance crews, according to .

Thomas Mathew of Cavalry Drive was arrested after the 6:40 p.m. crash on Route 304. Police said the crash took place during a lane change.

After the crash, police said Mathew was taken to Clarkstown police headquarters in New City, where tests showed his blood alcohol content was .14 — nearly double the legal limit. Mathew, police said, was not hurt in the crash.

In addition to driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, police said Mathew was charged with third-degree assault because of the injuries to occupants in the other car. Mathew was released pending a hearing in Clarkstown Town Court in New City.

The driver and passenger of the second car in the accident were taken to Nyack Hospital for treatment after they were assisted by volunteers from s and . Firefighters had to cut open the car to get the crash victims out of the vehicle.

The crash affected traffic on Route 304 for about an hour.

Debbie Maidman January 09, 2012 at 03:19 AM
DWI's need to stop..how many countless stories must we read before action is taken to prevent DWi's by the installation of mandatory ignition locks on all vehicles...before tragedies or near tragedies such as these occur? I have already lost one family member to the poor decision of someone who decided to drink and drive; how many more families need to suffer through this pain? drink all you want, but call a cab...unfortunately those who are intoxicated cant make those decisions for themselves. The technology now exists for SCRAM like sensors to be installed in the steering wheels of cars so those under the influence cannot start the car. Not drinking, no problem....drinking, call a cab.
Scotty January 09, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Despicable...disgusting...selfish beyond imagination...when will it stop ? My car was destroyed by a drunk driver at 5 am parked in my driveway ! No one was hurt but it's borderline madness. Honestly...I read an article every few days on this type of news. Why can't you people call a cab...not drive....have another driver who doesn't drink that day drive...you've got to be kidding me ! It' s complete madness and there will be so many more accidents involving drunk drivers that could have been avoided...lunacy. Driving the roads in Rockland today is crazy...so much traffic...people driving way too fast. And now we have this other condition to worry about once you hit the roads...people choosing to get in their cars after drinking way too much and endangering countless of innocent people who just want to get somewhere...amazing but sad.
Mpov January 09, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Those are my family members, thank God they're alive, although their injuries may take some time to heal, the traumatic experience alone will remain with them....I'm deeply saddened by those families that have lost loved ones, due to the immaturity & selfishness of another... my uncle & aunt made it....but others may not be as fortunate...my prayers go out to all those families,,..Be Blessed!!
Justin January 09, 2012 at 09:44 PM
this is too much information. The man's name should not be public to see. We all have bad times. He already has too much to go through. Why should we all add on to it? Most DWIs are not posted for the world to see. I've made mistakes too, and so have you all. But a lot of us have never been caught. Every person has their story, but this shouldn't define a person's identity.
Shannon Koesterer January 09, 2012 at 11:39 PM
He's a criminal. He made a choice to drink and drive and through that choice two lives were immediately put in danger. Everyone makes mistakes and we all atone for it in one way or another. His atonement will be through the Rockland County justice system and as all criminals in Rockland, the public will know his name. Let this be an example for others to think before they act and prevent these tragedies from occurring. There are such things as accidents, but this is a choice, let us not forget that and begin defending/protecting the perpetrator. It is time for some accountability.
Scott F. January 10, 2012 at 09:35 PM
So what his name is out there!! Look at the punishment in other parts of the world for DWI, we need to catch up!! Saudi Arabia, DWI offences are punishable by lashes in the public square. South Africa imposes fine equivalent of $10,000, a ten-year prison sentence or both combined depending on the severity of the case. In El Salvador, first time DWI offenders are carted off and executed by a firing squad. In Bulgaria, at least they are a little more lenient, as DWI offenders are only executed after they have committed their second DWI offence. Sounds extreme, but I bet nobody would take a chance if they knew the result would be the death penalty!! It certainly would save a lot of innocent lives!!

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