Clean-up Underway at Site of Fatal Restaurant Crash in Ithaca
The clean-up and the investigation continues into Friday's deadly crash at an Ithaca Commons restaurant.
North Aurora street in Ithaca remains closed to traffic, but the sidewalks - and restaurants in that area are open.
On Friday afternoon a tractor trailer hauling vehicles apparently lost its brake while coming down route 79 and ran directly into Simeon's restaurant. One person 27-year-old Amanda Bush of Lansing who was working as a bartender at the restaurant was killed at least 7 others were injured in the crash. a makeshift memorial has sprung up in in front of the building.
A website has been created to help Bush’s family. She leaves behind her husband and 14-month-old daughter. As of 8 p.m. Sunday, at least $7,301 in donations had come in from community members. The goal is to raise $10,000.
The truck driver was identified by police as 37 year old Viacheslav Grychanyi, 37, of Spokane, Wash. He was ticketed with two traffic violations: driving an over-length vehicle and having an inadequate braking system. He is cooperating with the investigation, according to Ithaca Police Chief John Barber.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick says the city will explore installing physical barriers that could slow runaway vehicles coming down the hill. Mayor Myrick says he also plans to look at local restrictions that would prevent large trucks from coming down the steep hills all together.
A final decision on whether the heavily damaged Simeon building would be torn down had not been made as of Sunday.