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Memorial Remembers a Life Lost in Ithaca

Written By: Kellie Meyer
Memorial Remembers Life Lost in Ithaca

June 23, 2014

ITHACA (WENY) -- People in Ithaca are trying to get back to a sense of normalcy, going back to the restaurants and shopping on the Commons. But just feet away a historic building lay in ruins right in the heart of the city.
     "You really just can't prepare yourself for an 18 wheeler inside a restaurant that you're very familiar with," said Ithaca Police Department Officer Jamie Williamson.
     Just two days ago, this was the scene after a tractor trailer truck crashed into the Simeon's restaurant. Injuring at least seven and claiming the life of 27-year-old Amanda Bush a bartender who was inside at the time of the accident. 
     For over 135 years this building has been a staple in Ithaca. It's become one of the busiest corners. Now the corner is the site of a memorial, as people gather to pay their respects to their favorite local stop and the life lost inside.
     It was much calmer Sunday night compared to Friday, they placed a protective fence around the building and a memorial has been put in place for the woman who was killed. She leaves behind a 14 month old child.
     "Well it's sort of like, you know, the very fragile state of mortality, right? Here today gone tomorrow. Is about what it feels like," said Tom Hirschl, a professor at Cornell University.
     Tom Hirschl and his family ate at Simeon's just days before the accident. Amanda was their server.
     "She was really nice to us. That was one of the first things that we thought of as soon as we heard about it was, I hope she's ok. I hope the people are ok," said Noah Hirschl, a Cornell University Alum.
     They didn't realize until they saw the memorial Sunday night, that their server was the one killed in the accident. 
     "We just actually walked over there and found out and we looked at the photo it was pretty upsetting," said Noah.  "It makes you think these little decisions that you make where you decide where you sit down and you have no control over what's going to happen."