Truxton crash victim was pregnant, funerals held this week

Flowers and more at Friday night's vigil for the 7 victims of Wednesday's tractor trailer-minivan crash in Truxton. / Photojournalist Lewis Karpel

The Cortland County community continues to mourn the loss of the people killed in the deadly Truxton crash last week. Now, there is new heartache as we learn that one of the women killed was pregnant.

Lena Beckwith, of DeRuyter, was expecting a baby with her fiance Carino Vanorden, of Fayetteville. They were all killed in the crash. Beckwith graduated from DeRuyter Central School in 2011 and from McEvoy Boces in 2012 specializing in Culinary Arts. Calling hours were held Sunday in Cortland. Funeral Services are private.

Her fiance, 24-year-old Carino Vanorden, was a graduate of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School and Fayetteville-Manlius High School. He was the eldest son of a large multi-racial adopted Jewish family. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Temple Concord. There will be no calling hours prior to the funeral. Burial will be in the Temple Concord section of Woodlawn Cemetery.

Teresa Bush was also killed in the crash along with her two daughters Alexis and Jasmine. Teresa obtained her GED from Boces in 2007. Calling hours for Teresa and her daughters were held Sunday in Cortland. Funeral Services are private.

7-year-old Alyssa Mead and 4-year-old Tyler Mead were also killed in the crash. Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home in Cortland. Funeral services will be private. Their father, 31-year-old Shawn Mead, was the only survivor in the minivan.

The deadly accident happened just after 6 p.m. Wednesday on Route 13 in the Town of Truxton. Cortland County Sheriff's deputies say the crash was caused by a mechanism failure on the fifth wheel locking mechanism of the tractor of the tractor trailer. Because of that, deputies say the trailer was able to disconnect from the tractor, slamming into the Dodge Caravan.