Lake Carmel man indicted in fatal crash

(Original publication: January 7, 2003)

KENT A Lake Carmel man who served time in state prison for driving while intoxicated has been indicted on felony charges of criminally negligent homicide and DWI, accused of driving a car that struck and killed a Carmel High School student on Halloween.

A Putnam County grand jury handed up its indictment Friday against 47-year-old Perry J. Moutray of Huguenot Road, Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher York said yesterday. Included in the three-count indictment is a felony charge of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it.

Moutray was being held last night in the Putnam County jail. He will be arraigned in county court later this month.

Moutray is accused of driving a Ford Explorer that struck Humberto Mora, 16, of Lake Carmel as the high school football player walked north on Route 52 with friends around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, police said. Mora died the next day at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where he was taken via helicopter after the crash. Another boy struck by the vehicle, David Ortiz, 16, was not seriously injured, officials said.

Moutray is accused of not stopping after the boys were struck and driving to his home in the Lake Carmel section of Kent, according to the charges. From witnesses and evidence gathered at the scene, police were able to identify the vehicle involved as a Ford Explorer. Later that night, Officer Raymond Beauchesne was on patrol when he saw the Explorer parked outside Moutray's home and arrested him.

Police, who initially charged Moutray with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it, said they suspected he might have been drinking before the accident but were not immediately able to establish that. Police were aware that Moutray had served time in state prison from August 1999 to December 2000 after his second DWI conviction in Putnam County.

That grand jurors were able to indict Moutray on the DWI charge was the product of good police work, Lt. Alex DiVernieri said. He said follow-up interviews of witnesses and Moutray resulted in that charge. In the indictment, District Attorney Kevin L. Wright cited Moutray's two previous DWI convictions Dec. 22, 1992, and Feb. 23, 1999 in requesting the felony DWI charge.

The Mora family could not be reached yesterday for comment.

Less than two weeks after Mora was struck and killed, a 35-year-old Lake Carmel woman was run over in the parking lot of a Route 311 bar, police said.

Raymond P. Rossetti, 44, of Ashburton Road, identified by police as her boyfriend, has been charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it, a felony, and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. A week after the incident, Rossetti was released on bond. His parents put up their house.

The woman was released from Danbury (Conn.) Hospital over the holidays after spending more than a month there. Rossetti's case is being presented to a grand jury, officials said.


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