Thursday, July 30, 2009

Taconic Crash UPDATE


Sunday morning I made the trip down to Kennedy Airport from Albany via the Taconic.

The mystery deepens surrounding last weekend's fatal crash on the Taconic. This is such a tragic story, (scarey for me, because I missed being involved in BOTH of the wrong-way crashes that occurred on the parkway on Sunday) with a lesson for everyone: if you are in trouble, or you need help, and you reach out to someone, try to stay focused and DO WHAT THEY TELL YOU!
During the cell-phone exchange, Hance told Diane Schuler to pull over and wait for him to come get her. Police said the call probably occurred in the pull-off area because at one point, Hance's daughter, Emma, got on the phone and told her father she saw exit signs for Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. Boyle said he will retrace Schuler's drive today to confirm that those signs are visible from the pull-off.

Although Hance told police he believed the cell conversation with his sister and daughter occurred about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the call, in fact, may have been placed later, closer to when the deadly collision occurred, Boyle said.

Once the cell call ended, the phone appeared to have been left behind because it was found later at 3:40 p.m. that day by a passing motorist, Boyle said.
The crash and events leading up to it unfolded in broad daylight. I feel sad for the little girls who died, even more sorrow for their parents, and concern about whatever unfortunate physical or mental condition that suddenly posessed the wrong-way driver. It could have been a combination of things: imagine a sudden burst of "floaters" in one or both eyes in tandem with a "panic attack." That would frighten the shit out of most people. I won't speculate any further. We'll see what the pros come up with.

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