Memorial fund set up for crash victim's young daughter
Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A memorial fund is now taking donations to care for the 14-month old daughter of the woman killed in the Ithaca on Friday. The cleanup continues and part of downtown Ithaca remains closed as the investigation continues into a deadly tractor trailer crash that killed a pregnant mother. A tractor trailer carrying cars crashed into Simeon's Restaurant, killing 27-year old bartender Amanda Bush from Lansing. She leaves behind a 14-month-old daughter, and the owner of Simeon's Restaurant said she was pregnant. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has worked to set up a memorial fund through the United Way in her memory. "Right now our immediate concern is for the family of Amanda Bush, particularly her 14 month old daughter," Myrick said. "Finding out how we can best support the family was my first meeting this morning." Myrick said all donations will go to cover the cost of funeral expenses for Bush and the care of her daughter. There will also be a second memorial fund established for the other victims and employees of Simeon's Restaurant. Myrick said the Downtown Ithaca Alliance is working to get the employees jobs at other restaurants in the Commons. The city is now working on ways to help make the downtown intersection safer. "I think there are physical things we can do and there are legal things we can do," Myrick said, "I think we can construct physical barriers and I also think we can work with the state to change our laws to change the way trucks enter our city." The driver of the tractor trailer was not hurt. He is a 37-year-old man from Washington State. He was issued two traffic tickets for driving an over-length vehicle and for having inadequate breaking systems.