4 Brewster men, all 21, hurt in crash; 2 are critical

Two young men from Brewster remained hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition after a crash early Monday on Milltown Road, state police said.

The driver, Michael P. Skalaski, 21, was taken to Danbury (Conn.) Hospital with severe head trauma after the 3:38 a.m. crash, according to police. He was in critical-but-stable condition Tuesday, they said.

Front-seat passenger Victor Gonella, 21, also suffered severe head trauma, was flown to Westchester Medical Center and was in critical condition Tuesday, police said.

Two backseat passengers were not as seriously injured, police said. Robert Williams, 21, complained of back pain and Nicholas Mendoza, 21, was semi-conscious when police arrived and complained of left arm pain. The two were treated at Danbury Hospital and released.

Police said Skalaski was driving a 2012 Dodge pickup truck eastbound and apparently lost control on a curve near Mountain Brook Drive. The truck crossed into the westbound lane then back into the eastbound lane before striking a tree.

Firefighters extricated Skalaski from the wreck. Gonella was found outside the vehicle and police believe he got out by himself. It was not clear if they were wearing seatbelts.

Police said a preliminary investigation indicates that excessive speed contributed to the crash and they also believe alcohol may have been a factor but are awaiting toxicology tests. Police said ice did not contribute to the crash.

No charges were filed as of Tuesday morning but police said they are conferring with the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office. A portion of Milltown Road near the accident scene was closed for several hours Monday morning.

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