The Ithaca Police Department has identified the person killed in the Simeon’s crash yesterday as Amanda Bush, from Lansing, NY.
Bush, 27, was a bartender at Simeon’s Restaurant.
Five others were treated for injuries at the scene and transported to the local hospital.
From the Ithaca Police Department press release:
On Friday June 20, 2014 at about 4:09 pm all available police officers were dispatched to 224 East State Street, Simeon’s Restaurant, regarding a tractor trailer that had struck the building. This building is at the intersection of East State Street and Aurora Street and is part of the Ithaca Commons, a local pedestrian mall in the heart of the Ithaca business district.
Arriving officers located a tractor trailer car hauler loaded with seven passenger vehicles that had struck the southeast corner of the building. The building is a four story commercial building and houses a restaurant called “Simeon’s Bistro” on the first floor and three floors of apartments above. A small fire inside of the cab portion of the tractor trailer was extinguished by officers on scene until members of the Ithaca Fire Department arrived on scene and continued to extinguish the flames.
IPD officers worked with IFD members to evacuate the building, including the apartments above. A perimeter of one square block in each direction was established as IPD officers began to locate witnesses and evacuate other buildings.
Five people were treated for injuries at the scene and transported by Bangs Ambulance to a local hospital. Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening at this time. One person was killed in the collision. This person has been identified as Amanda Bush, a 27 year old female from Lansing, New York. Bush was the bartender at Simeon’s Restaurant.
The Ithaca Police Department Crash Investigation Team and the New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Reconstruction Team are investigating the collision. The operator of the vehicle has been identified as Viacheslav Grychanyi, a 37 year old male from Spokane, Washington. He was operating the tractor trailer car hauler owned by Auto Star Transport in Spokane, Washington. He is cooperating with the investigation. He has been issued two traffic tickets charged with being over-length and having an inadequate braking system. Witnesses in the area estimate the tractor trailer was traveling approximately 40-50 miles per hour at the time of impact. However, the investigation into the collision continues and will not be complete for at least several weeks.
The building that houses Simeon’s Bistro and the apartments above is closed at this time and traffic continues to be directed from the area. The City of Ithaca Engineering Office as well as a private Engineering Firm are evaluating the condition of the building. A local construction company, Paolangeli Construction, is assisting with the removal of the tractor trailer and the dismantling of the building as necessary.
Information has been developed that the tractor trailer was traveling westbound on Mitchell Street, merged onto East State Street, and then continued down the hill until colliding with the Simeon’s Restaurant building.