[UPDATE] Two Congers Men Killed In Crash On Strawtown Road In New City

Clarkstown Police identified victims as Esmin Ljesnjanin, 23, and Gjon Kolnrekaj, 26. Their car hit street sign, tree, and was cut into pieces.


UPDATE (10:25 a.m.) - Clarkstown Police have identified the victims of Sunday’s night fatal car accident as Congers residents Esmin Ljesnjanin, 23, and . Ljesnjanin, who was driving the 2007 Nissan Altima, was ejected from the vehicle. Kolnrekaj was found in the front passenger seat. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Sgt. Jo Anne Fratianni reported the department’s preliminary investigation indicates the pair may have been driving north on Strawtown Road when they crossed into the southbound lane, struck a street sign on the northwest corner at the intersection with Cairnsmuir Lane, and hit a tree before running into the house at 112 Strawtown Road. The vehicle was split into two parts. 

The Clarkstown Police Department’s Accident Investigation Team is investigating the cause of the accident. Both bodies were taken by the Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsies.  

UPDATE (6:30 A.M.) - Two men, described as local residents, were killed in a one-car crash late Sunday night on Strawtown Road in New City, according to Clarkstown police.

Police, however, this morning still had not released the names of the men involved in the crash because of on-going efforts to notify family members. The driver of the car was a 23-year-old man, with the passenger a 26-year-old man.

The one-car accident took place about 11:25 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Strawtown Road and Cairnsmuir Lane in New City. The Clarkstown Police accident investigation team is reviewing the accident to determine the details of what happened.

The car involved end up in pieces on the front lawn of a home.

New City Fire Chief Kenny Flynn said members of his department were at the scene of the crash for about five hours assisting with the recovery operation.


Two people are believed to be dead as a result of a crash on Strawtown Road in New City that cut a passenger car into pieces.

Clarkstown Police and volunteers of the New City Fire Department are investigating a serious accident on Strawtown Road in New City. They are awaiting the arrival of members of the Rockland County Medical Examiner's Office.

The crash in the area of 112 Strawtown Road closed the road to traffic because of the wreck and the accident investigation. Because of the severity of the damage from the crash, New City firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to check the area in case there were any additional victims that might have been thrown from the wreckage.

The car crashed into trees and bushes adjacent to a Strawtown Road home. The car was severely damaged — cut into two big pieces, with wreckage strewn on the home's lawn.

New City Volunteer Ambulance and Rescure Corps members are assisting at the scene of the crash, which took place around 11:30 p.m. Rockland Paramedic Services and Congers - Valley Cottage Volunteer Ambulance Corps were there as well.

Information about the crash victims was not yet available.

Ambroz February 07, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Gjon you will be missed by everyone good friend, you will never be forgotten.REST IN PEACE
Eddie Adrovet February 07, 2013 at 06:16 PM
My name is Eddie and I want to say my prayers go out to the family all the friends . I have met him play basketball with him great guy I work with is Cousin. His name is Ismet arifi
Beni Gjokaj February 08, 2013 at 09:47 AM
May they rest in peace by God's
Thor Torrens February 19, 2013 at 02:31 AM
R.I.P. Gjon , I will miss you my friend.
Anne Kolndrekaj May 21, 2013 at 05:14 AM
R.I.P Gjon, a beautiful soul taken far too soon xx


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