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Fatal Crash That Killed Westchester Couple Remains Under Investigation

The fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer and Cadillac Escalade occurred on Route 4 in Killington, Vt., on Tuesday.
The fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer and Cadillac Escalade occurred on Route 4 in Killington, Vt., on Tuesday. Photo Credit: WCAX screen grab

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The triple-fatal head-on Vermont crash involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV that claimed the lives of a couple from Hastings-on-Hudson on Tuesday, Dec. 29 remains under investigation.

Vermont State Police said in a statement they expect the investigation to be a lengthy one.

Ryszard Malarczyk, 51, and his 50-year-old wife Anita Malarczyk, and a friend, Jaroslaw Karczewski, were killed in the 2:15 p.m. crash on U.S. Route 4 in which their 2009 Cadillac Escalade was hit head-on by the tractor-trailer, which crossed into the highway, according to Vermont State Police.

Authorities said road conditions at the time of the accident were poor, with snow and ice.

The cause of death for all three victims was blunt force trauma, Vermont Police said.

Ryszard Malarczyk was driving the SUV, Jaroslaw Karczewski was the front-seat passenger and Anita Malarczyk was seated with her children in the middle seats, according to state police.

Karczewski, 51, was visiting the couple from Poland, according to multiple reports.

The truck driver, Lashawn Jones, 41, of Alpharetta, Ga., was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, according to Vermont State Police.

The three surviving members of the Hastings family involved in crash in Killington, Vt., are being treated at University of Vermont Medical Center,

Peter Malarczyk, 20, was listed in good condition and 22-year-old Monica Malarczyk is still being evaluated. No condition was released on 16-year-old Natalie Malarczyk because she is a minor, according to the Burlington Free Press.

Authorities said the children sustained multiple broken bones and other non-life threatening injuries.

For previous Daily Voice coverage of the accident, click here.

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