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Breaking News: One Killed In Fiery, Head-On Westchester Crash

Police ID Both Drivers In Fatal Route 6 Crash

Sister Barbara Heil, 80, was killed in a head-on crash late Friday afternoon on Route 6 on the Somers/Yorktown border. Photo Credit: Kennedy Catholic
Sister Marie Murphy, 83, was injured in the crash. Photo Credit: Kennedy Catholic

State Police have provided information on the crash on Route 6 on the Somers/Yorktown border late Friday afternoon that resulted in one fatality and two serious injuries.

As previously reported on Daily Voice, Sister Barbara Heil, 80, a faculty member at nearby John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers was killed in the head-on auto which state police report occurred at around 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Sister Marie Murphy, 83, also a faculty member at Kennedy Catholic, is hospitalized with serious injuries.

An investigation revealed that 48-year-old Christina Deagan of Cortlandt Manor was traveling westbound on Route 6, when for an unknown reason, her vehicle entered the eastbound lane, state police said. 

Deagan’s 2003 Suzuki struck a 2011 Honda, operated by Murphy and in which Heil was a passenger. Heil was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said.

Both Deagan and Murphy were transported to Westchester Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The State Police were assisted by the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office, Somers Police and Fire Departments, Yorktown Police Department and Empress EMS. 

Sister Heil was a part of the Kennedy community since the school opened in 1967, Kennedy Catholic said in a statement posted on its website. Prior to that, she was a teacher at Kennedy Catholic's predecessor, St. Mary's, in Katonah.

"One merely has to take a moment to understand the unimaginable amount of lives Sister Barbara has impacted over the years," read a statement posted on Kennedy Catholic's website. "During her tenure working in the admissions office, how many Gaels was hers the first smiling face when coming to Kennedy Catholic?

"Simply put, Sister Barbara was incredible in every way. This is truly a great loss to Kennedy Catholic and to our community as a whole."

Funeral arrangements for Sister Heil have not been finalized.

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