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87-Year-Old Woman Killed After Car Crashes Into Tree in Rocky Point

Accident occurred near Rocky Point High School Wednesday afternoon.

The crash occurred near Rocky Point High School. Photo Credit: Andrew Tetreault
The crash occurred near Rocky Point High School. Photo Credit: Andrew Tetreault

An 87-year-old woman was killed after her car crashed into a tree in Rocky Point Wednesday afternoon, police said. 

According to police, Francine Schenkel, of Ridge, was driving a 1997 Toyota northbound on Rocky Point-Yaphank Road, near Rocky Point High School, when she crossed into the southbound lane. The Toyoya then left the roadway into a wooded area and struck a tree at about 2:45 p.m., police said. 

Schenkel, who was the only person inside the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check as the investigation into the crash continues, police said. 

Rocky Point-Yaphank Road was closed from Route 25A to Whiskey Road for hours after the crash, but has since been reopened.  

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knee jerk July 03, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Waiting for the inevitable calls for more scrutiny on senior citizen licensing.
Frank Esposito July 04, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Knee jerk, are you waiting because you are pro, con, or indifferent? 2 year Medical certification has been required for many years for CDL holders. I don't believe driver re-certification skill wise is necessary for older folks, but perhaps medical standards like CDL holders would be reasonable. I don't believe that can be pulled off on the Class D holders without extreme outrage. While anything is possible it is nice to know that a driver is not medically at risk from a condition that may cause sudden incapacitation. Either way it's not gonna fly because the Fed / state doesn't have Class D holders by the balls like they do with people who make a living off of their CDL. But I don't think it a bad idea to bring that medical requirement down to Class D in some form. But of cause let the number crunchers see if that is actually needed.
knee jerk July 04, 2014 at 09:11 PM
No, my point was it seems every time we have some sort of accident or shooting or mayhem somebody inevitably calls for a new law (see Suffolk County Boater Safety Licensing Law , preempted by a State Law . I now hold a "lifetime" saltwater fishing license that has since been repealed and no refund. Thank You NYS). This is a knee jerk reaction to whatever tickles their fancy at the time.
Frank Esposito July 05, 2014 at 08:35 AM
I agree. There never seems to be much calculation on these calls for new laws other than political re-election calculations.
brookhavenconfucius July 05, 2014 at 03:52 PM
A law against death, is next.

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