Family members say loved ones fighting for their lives following serious crash in New Castle

New Castle police say a 16-year-old unlicensed driver lost control around a curve Monday afternoon and crashed head-on into a Yorktown school bus.

News 12 Staff

Apr 27, 2023, 10:41 AM

Updated 389 days ago

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Nine people who were injured in a crash in New Castle on Wednesday are still being treated at Westchester Medical Center.
Some family members say their loved ones are fighting for their lives.
The hospital says three are in critical condition and six are in fair condition. Some suffered injuries like brain hemorrhages and spinal injuries.
New Castle police say a 16-year-old unlicensed driver lost control around a curve Wednesday afternoon and crashed head-on into a Yorktown school bus.
Bedford School officials say four Fox Lane students were coming back from BOCES.
A family says one of those students, a 16-year-old named Axel Cantor, was in surgery for over five hours. They say he is studying to become an auto body tech at BOCES and works at Sky Zone in Mount Kisco.
Jonathan Martinez works there, too. His sister wrote that Jonathan was "arrested at the scene, but paramedics brought him back." She says all the teens in the car have been friends since they were little.
Erick Fuentes' sister says he works at a pizzeria and loves to go to Dunkin' with his friends.
All three are on ventilators, according to their families.
News 12 learned from a fundraiser that there was a driver, two monitors and two Yorktown students on the bus.
One of the bus monitors on the Yorktown bus is Jim Martin, who is said to be in the ICU.
A fundraiser says he has been involved in the Yorktown community for many years, coaching basketball travel teams. He also spent 15 years coaching in Bronxville.
Fundraisers online also mention there was a woman who pulled all the teens from the car.
Bedford Central School District Superintendent Robert Glass said he is proud of the school community for the way they are caring for one another amidst all of this. He said students and staff have taken advantage of resources from the district's crisis response teams and neighboring districts and regional partners have provided extra clinicians needed on Thursday and Friday.
"People reached out very warmly and said, 'What can we do?' So I've had many outpourings along that line and it's heartwarming and it was necessary, so I'm grateful," Glass said.
The District Attorney's Office is investigating the crash, but there is no word yet on possible charges.
Glass says extra clinicians will be at schools again Friday.


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