PLATTSBURGH — A West Chazy woman and two teenage best friends were killed in separate accidents Tuesday night.

Sandra Lushia’s family and friends are mourning her death after the 54-year-old drove into oncoming traffic on Route 374.

State Police said Lushia was driving north on Military Turnpike around 8 p.m. when she drove through the intersection and hit an eastbound vehicle being driven by Douglas Stevens, 61, of Plattsburgh.

Lushia was killed instantly.

Stevens was taken to CVPH Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Police were continuing to investigate the fatality Wednesday morning and asked that anyone who witnessed this accident or has information about how it occurred call the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at the State Police barracks in Plattsburgh, 563-3761.

Lushia’s crash came just minutes after two Saranac High School seniors were killed when their vehicle went off Hugh Herron Road and crashed into trees.

Police said Stephanie Heath, 17, of Saranac was driving her Chevy Impala south on the rural roadway when she veered off the road and drove into the woods.

Heath and her passenger, Courtney Alexander, 18, of Redford, were killed upon impact.

It was a somber mood at Saranac High School Wednesday morning, as the girls’ classmates struggled to cope with news of their deaths.

“It’s obviously a pretty sad and morose day here,” High School Principal Jonathan Parks said. “There’s a lot of teary eyes and sad faces among the students and faculty.”

Counselors were available for students throughout the day as the senior class gathered to remember and share stories about their well-known classmates, who often volunteered at school and in the community.

Parks emotionally recalled his own experiences with the “high-energy duo” and said his heart goes out to the girls’ family and friends.

“They will certainly be missed at the school and around the community.”



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