Police have identified the 27-year-old bartender killed Friday evening after a tractor trailer struck the building that's home to Simeon's Restaurant in Ithaca.
Amanda Bush was working at the bar in the heart of Ithaca Commons when a tractor trailer hauling seven vehicles struck the building at the corner of East State Street and Aurora Street. The bar owner told CNY Central that Bush had a very young child.
The driver of the tractor trailer has been identified as 37-year-old Viacheslav Grychanyi of Spokane, Washington. Police say the tractor trailer hauler was owned by Auto Star Transport in Spokane. He's been ticketed for having an inadequate braking system and for violating length restrictions. Police say he is cooperating with the investigation.
Four were hospitalized Friday after the crash, and have since been released. The driver was taken into police custody for questioning. The surrounding blocks of Aurora Street and State street were evacuated, and crews distributed masks to neighbors in the area due to high levels of dust and debris. The apartments above Simeon's Restaurant were also evacuated.
While city engineers are inspecting the building to see if it can remain standing, a memorial is growing in front of the scene where Amanda bush was killed.
Nora was putting some flowers at the memorial with other friends to pay her respects. "I feel really sorry for the family who lost Amanda and I felt really so I wanted to put the flower," says Nora.
Howards timbers was passing through Ithaca, but stopped alongside dozens of others to look at the structure, which is now crumbling. "It's a horrible accident and I feel so sorry for the person who lost their lives and obviously our condolences to the family," says Timbers.
Witnesses estimate the tractor trailer was going as fast as 60 miles an hour before crashing into Simeon's. Neighbors are now calling upon official to make changes to where trucks are able to drive around this intersection, hoping to avoid another tragedy from happening again.
Elizabeth Fladd lives in Ithaca. "There definitely should be some changes made, because like I said it's happened before and especially now that somebody was killed and it was such a tragedy. It could definitely happen again. They definitely need to do something about that, there's no question about that," says Fladd.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Ithaca Police.
To donate money to the Bush family, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/al0ugg
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