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I-87 crash in Sloatsburg kills Monsey woman as husband, 81, drives wrong way

A 76-year-old Monsey woman was killed Tuesday night when her husband drove the wrong way on the New York State Thruway and their car struck a teenage boy's oncoming vehicle in the Village of Sloatsburg, State Police said Wednesday.

Madeline Lapides, a front-seat passenger, died when the 1992 Toyota Camry that her husband, Alvin S. Lapides, 81, was driving northbound in the southbound lanes collided head-on with a Volvo driven by Gaelyn V. Ashley, 17, of West Point, trooper Glen Williams said.

Madeline Lapides was declared dead at the scene by the Rockland County medical examiner, officials said.

Alvin Lapides was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern after he suffered scrapes and possible internal injuries, troopers said. Ashley was uninjured.

Williams said the highway was clear and that Alvin Lapides acknowledged he was driving in the wrong direction.

"Sometimes they don't know how to turn around," Williams said.

Troopers said citations were expected to be issued. A State Police collision reconstruction team went to the scene and the investigation continues, police said.

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