The Northern Westchester Examiner

Peekskill Guidance Counselor Killed in Route 9A Crash

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A Peekskill High School guidance counselor was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer last Tuesday afternoon while heading home on Route 9A near the Briarcliff Manor/Mount Pleasant border.

Lenroy Stevens, 27, who had worked for the Peekskill School District since January 2013, was pronounced dead at the scene at about 3:30 p.m.

“It is with a very heavy heart that the Peekskill City School District faces the sudden loss of Lenroy Stevens who served as a guidance counselor and friend to many of our students and colleagues,” district officials stated on the school website. “We will all be keeping Lenroy and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this time.”

According to published reports, a tractor-trailer with no attached trailer was traveling north on 9A in the left lane when the unidentified driver lost control, climbed over the center guide rail and struck two cars in the northbound lane. Stevens’ Acura was hit head-on, apparently killing him instantly. The driver of the second car, a Toyota Prius, reportedly suffered minor injuries.

Portions of 9A were closed for nearly 12 hours while investigators pieced together details of the accident.

Prior to joining Peekskill, Stevens worked for 18 months as a school counselor in the Lakeland School District. A resident of White Plains, he graduated from the University of Rochester in 2007 with a degree in psychology and earned a Master’s from Mercy College.

A concert scheduled last week at Peekskill High School was postponed following Stevens’ death. School officials said when the concert is rescheduled it will be dedicated in memory of Stevens.

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