Seeking Closure After Triple Fatal Crash

By Leigh Dana

May 31, 2011 Updated Aug 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM EDT

Deposit, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The family of Carri Michalski talks to Action News about their loss after she apparently drowned in the Chenango River.

Michalski was one of the passengers in an SUV that crashed into the river more than a week ago. It was early in the morning on May 20, 2011.

An SUV hit a guardrail on I-88, then plunging in the Chenango River. 3 people drowned including 36 year old Carri Michalski. Her body has not yet been found.

Michalski's 3 daughters have been waiting anxiously as helicopters, rescue boats and divers search the river.

"Everyday it gets harder each day that passes and they haven't found her," said daughter, Tosha Williams. At 21-years-old and the second oldest child in the family, Tosha says she's been trying to comfort her sisters. In the same manner she recalls how her mother would comfort her.

Last week, the girls hired water search dogs to scope out the river banks. "Because I couldn't be out there searching. Just wanted to do something to help find her," said Williams.

Meanwhile, an accident reconstruction team is putting the pieces together to determine how the crash occurred.

As part of the investigation, the Broome Sheriff's office is waiting for toxicology tests on the driver, 23 year old Jaclyn Wesley. Wesley is Michalski's niece and the only one to survive.

Williams said, "I was so mad at her at first. But, we've talked to her. And it's so heartbreaking because we lost our mother which is hard, but she lost an aunt, she lost her boyfriend and she lost her friend. So we lost one person, but she's lost 3."

The girls say their mother was the most caring person they knew --

"I hope my mom knows that I love her very much and I just want her back," said 19-year-old, Amanda Michalski.

"I just wish she could be there and that I wish she there a couple of days ago," cried Williams.

-- And hope rescue teams find her soon to bring them some closure.

The Sheriff's office plans to resume the search for Michalski later this week. But does not know how long that search will continue.

The two other victims in the crash are 45 year old Robert Marshall of Binghamton and 25 year old Robert Morehead of Port Crane.