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UPDATE: Victim, Driver ID’d in Ithaca Crash
Written By: Renata Stiehl
SATURDAY UPDATE: Ithaca police identified the woman who was killed Friday afternoon when a tractor trailer pulling a car hauler crashed into Simeon's restaurant on the corner of the Ithaca Commons. Twenty-seven year old Amanda Bush was killed in the collision; she was a bartender at the restaurant. Five other people were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 37-year-old Viacheslav Grychanyi of Spokane, Washington. He's been issued two traffic tickets, one for being over length and having an inadequate braking system. Police say witnesses estimate the truck was going 40-50 miles per hour when it hit the restaurant. An accident reconstruction team is still investigating. According to IPD Chief John Barber, Grychanyi realized he didn't have any brakes, and attempted to make the turn onto South Aurora Street, in order to avoid driving straight onto the Commons, where there were a number of construction workers. ITHACA, NY (WENY) -- Ithaca police confirm one person is dead and four others suffered injuries, when a tractor trailer hauling cars crashed into Simeon's Restaurant on the Ithaca Commons.
The accident happened just after 4 p.m. Friday. Police say an accident reconstruction team is investigating, and the driver of the hauler is cooperating with police. He was not injured.
We're told the building is unstable, and crews are working to safely remove uninjured people inside. The ground floor is home to the restaurant, the upstairs floors contain apartments.
The restaurant contains outdoor seating, however police say no one was seated outside when the accident occured; however Mayor Svante Myrick says construction crews working nearby just missed being hit by the truck.
Mental health counselors will be made available. It's unknown yet if the building will need to be torn down or if it can be salvaged.