It's almost impossible not to stop and stare at the sight of the deadly crash at the commons in the heart of Ithaca. Ten days later many people are still stopping to take pictures. Flowers pictures and tributes still mark the spot where the tractor trailer slammed into the popular restaurant, killing 27-year-old bartender, Amanda Bush. And North Aurora Street still remains closed.
A memorial for Bush was held Tuesday at Lake Watch Inn in Ithaca where it was standing room only. She is survived by her fiance and their 14-month-old daughter. The couple was expecting a second child. A website and an online form have been created to assist those willing to help the family.
Looking at four-story building it's hard to believe it's salvageable, but Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick say his structural engineer has determined it can be saved. They're currently working with the property manager and the hope is to re-open Simeon's Bistro and have things go back to normal.
In the meantime, the mayor is already working on ways to prevent similar tragedies in the future.
"I've pulled with the city's engineering department to look at every option physically to prevent trucks or cars from coming on the to the commons again. That's the first thing. The second thing is we've begun discussions with the state about truck routes and finding better, safer routes for trucks to move through," says Myrick.
Right now everything the mayor has done has been through executive action, so he's been taking private meetings and phone calls. I n about three weeks he'll be taking his first set proposals to the board of public works. H e also hopes to open north aurora street in the next few days.