Theresa Gorski, Sleepy Hollow choking victim, dies from injuries

Sleepy Hollow and Westchester County police investigate the Sleepy Hollow and Westchester County police investigate the scene on New Broadway in Sleepy Hollow, where a woman was found and taken to Phelps Memorial Hospital. Christopher Howson, 49, was arrested after he reportedly choked his wife. Howson was charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree strangulation, Sleepy Hollow Police said. (Jan. 5, 2013) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

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A Sleepy Hollow woman died after being taken off life support Wednesday afternoon, four days after she allegedly was choked by her husband in a domestic dispute.

Relatives of Theresa V. Gorski made the decision to remove the Sleepy Hollow woman from life support after doctors told them she would not survive her injuries. They gave staff at Phelps Memorial Hospital the go-ahead Wednesday afternoon, and Gorski died a few minutes after 2 p.m., a source familiar with the situation told News12 Westchester.

Gorski was an attorney with the Bronx Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division. Grief counselors were made available this week to Gorski's co-workers, who were distraught over their colleague's death, the source said.

The source also said Gorski was an organ donor, and her family approved the donation of her organs before she was removed from life support.

Gorski's husband, Christopher Howson, 49, was charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree strangulation, which allegedly took place at 3 a.m. Saturday inside their home. The attempted murder charge likely will be upgraded to murder.

Howson, a Canadian citizen, has been visited by his mother and sister at Westchester County Jail, the source said. He is being held there without the possibility of bail.

Cops said it was Howson who dialed 911 after the fight. First responders found Gorski injured inside the couple's home at 127 New Broadway in Sleepy Hollow. She was in cardiac arrest, and police began trying to resuscitate her before she was taken to the hospital, officials said.

The couple have two daughters, ages 5 and 8.

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