On Thursday, July 28, at approximately 4 a.m. state police from the Monroe responded to Old State Route 17 in the town of Tuxedo for a report of serious crash involving two vehicles.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2017 International box truck being operated Eluzer Silber, 31, of Monsey, was traveling north on State Route 17 in the town of Tuxedo and a 2015 Nissan Sentra operated by Michael Wyka, 63, from the town of Monroe was traveling south on State Route 17 when they were involved in a head-on collision just south of Warwick Brook Road. W
hen troopers arrived on the scene, they observed both vehicles on the southbound shoulder where they had been involved in a head on collision. Wyka was entrapped in the vehicle.
Members of the Tuxedo Fire Department, Tuxedo Ambulance and Rockland Paramedics responded to the scene and assisted with the extrication of Wyka from the vehicle. Life-saving measures were attempted. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Silber had several non-life-threatening injuries.
This investigation remains ongoing, and updates will be provided when available.
Editor’s note: Michael Wyka’s obituary appears on page 18.