Family of road-rage crash victim asks for witnesses to come forward

The family of a woman who was killed in a road-rage crash just outside of Middletown is pleading for anyone who saw anything to come forward.

“Just have a heart,” Terry Lesane, father of the late Tiffany Lesane, said at the Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Newburgh, as Tiffany’s 9-year-old son Charles and mother Stephanie Jackson sat next to him. “We need closure for this.”

Terry’s daughter, 27, was driving a 2004 Ford Focus on Dolson Avenue in Middletown around 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 8 when she got into an apparent road-rage incident with a car Lesane described as a four-door, light blue Dodge hatchback, driven by a younger white or Hispanic man wearing a New York Yankees cap.

Witnesses said the two cars sped east down Dolson Avenue, repeatedly cutting each other off, and then got onto I-84, where the aggressive driving continued until Lesane apparently lost control of her car and drove off the shoulder between exits 3 and 4.

Lesane grew up in Newburgh and was living in Middletown, where she worked as a manager at the Family Dollar.

“We lost our angel,” Terry Lesane said. “She was the sweetest thing. She bothered nobody. She adored her family. She cherised her son. We’re trying to put the pieces together.”

Her son was in the car at the time of the crash; he was brought to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla and released to relatives the next day.

Terry Lesane said they have started a fund to pay for Charles’ future education; donations can be sent to P.O. Box 111, Vails Gate NY 12584.

The state police are investigating; anyone who saw anything can call them at 344-5350.

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