Sheriff: Woman in crash with deputy was on drugs
By Terence Corcoran and Rob Ryser
The Journal News • March 6, 2008
PHILIPSTOWN - A Dutchess County woman was accused of being under the influence of drugs when she drove her car across a double-yellow line on Route 9 yesterday morning and slammed head-on into a marked cruiser driven by a Putnam County sheriff's deputy, police said.
Deputy XXXXX Boscia, 25, suffered fractures to his left ankle, left leg and left arm in the 6:35 a.m. collision about a mile south of Route 301, Sheriff Donald B. Smith said in a release.
He was taken by ambulance to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where his family members, several department colleagues and Smith gathered yesterday.
The other driver, Michele DiVivo, 43, of Scarborough Lane, Wappingers Falls, was taken to Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt and later transported to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of a broken leg.
Police charged DiVivo with second-degree vehicular assault, a felony, driving while ability impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, and unlawfully crossing the double-yellow line, an infraction. She is due March 26 in Philipstown Town Court.
DiVivo, who has several narcotics convictions, was asked by investigators to submit to a chemical test but refused, police said. Investigators then secured a warrant from Putnam County Judge James Rooney and obtained a blood sample from DiVivo.
Police said they believe DiVivo was under the influence of methadone, a synthetic drug used to treat heroin addiction.
Boscia, a member of the Sheriff's Department for 13 months, was heading south in his cruiser when DiVivo's larger vehicle, a 1998 Ford Explorer SUV, crossed the center lines and ran head-on into his cruiser, police said.
Smith said witnesses reported seeing DiVivo's vehicle cross the yellow line. Both vehicles were demolished; however, both drivers avoided more serious injuries because they were wearing seat belts and the air bags in their respective vehicles deployed, police said.
Sheriff's deputies and investigators responded with state troopers and ambulances from the Philipstown Ambulance Corps and North Highlands Fire Department.
The road was closed for about three hours during the investigation.
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