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Purdys Man Found In Ossining Ravine After Crash

UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: Lande was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage incident, a misdemeanor, said Lt. Michael McElroy, spokesperson for the Village of Ossining Police Department. McElroy added that officers are uncertain as to why Lande went to the ravine.

"Officers really didn't have an opportunity to question him," McElroy said.

Lande's condition was unknown Tuesday afternoon, but McElroy said Lande was in the Intensive Care Unit of Westchester County Medical Center Tuesday morning.

OSSINING, N.Y. — A 50-year-old Purdys man was found in a ravine Tuesday morning, more than five hours after he was involved in a crash on Route 9, police said.

Tom Lande was located at about 1 a.m. in a ravine near St. Augustine's Church and School after Village of Ossining police officers were called in to investigate screams coming from the area. Lande was taken to Westchester County Medical Center with “multiple injuries,” police said in a press release. It is unclear whether the injuries were life-threatening.

Lande was reportedly driving a 2003 Jaguar at about 7 p.m. on Route 9 when he struck another vehicle from behind and fled into the nearby woods, police said in the release. After a “brief search,” police were unable to locate the driver, according to the release. The driver of the second vehicle was not injured.

“Investigators surmise that when Mr. Lande fled the scene of the accident, he may have fallen into the ravine and possibly have been unconscious or unable to cry for help,” police said in the release.

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