Map Interactive local COVID-19 tracker
Contact Us
Mount Pleasant Daily Voice serves Mount Pleasant & Valhalla
Return to your home site


Mount Pleasant Daily Voice serves Mount Pleasant & Valhalla

Nearby Towns

Police & Fire

26-Year-Old Killed After Mercedes-Benz Crashes Into Tractor-Trailer In Area

Police lights
Police lights Photo Credit: Pixabay/fsHH

One person was killed when a Mercedes-Benz crashed into a  tractor-trailer overnight in the area.

The incident happened on Friday, Jan. 1 at approximately 2:30 a.m. in Rockland County on the southbound side of I-87 in Chestnut Ridge.

A preliminary investigation determined that Dante M. Damanti, age 41, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, located a disabled vehicle in the right southbound lane at mile marker 24.4, according to state police

Damanti parked his 2018 Freightliner tractor-trailer in the right lane, behind the disabled vehicle, and set up orange hazard triangles while awaiting a tow truck, state police said. 

While the tow truck was loading the disabled vehicle, a 2015 Mercedes-Benz traveling southbound, struck the rear of the tractor-trailer.

The driver of the Mercedes, Mardochena Louis, age 26, of Spring Valley, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Rockland County Medical Examiner.

The passenger of the Mercedes Benz, Quinten T. Jackson, 35, of Spring Valley, was transported to Westchester Medical Center with multiple injuries and is currently in serious but stable condition.

Damanti, who was seated in the tractor-trailer at the time of the crash, was not injured. 

 The tow truck and disabled vehicle were not involved in the collision and no additional injuries were reported.

Troopers were assisted on the scene by Troop F BCI. The crash remains under investigation.

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Mount Pleasant Daily Voice!

Serves Mount Pleasant & Valhalla

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.