New York nursing director dies when her SUV slams into rear of tractor-trailer

by William Mattar | December 2nd, 2011

December 2, 2011

On her way to work Thursday morning, a 57-year-old Howes Cave woman died on I-88 in Duanesburg, New York, after her SUV slammed into the back of a moving tractor-trailer, reports the Times Union. After hitting the truck, the roof of her Honda CR-V was partially sheared off.

The woman oversaw three nursing departments at Albany Medical Center; she was a patient care service director and was responsible for overseeing emergency services, critical care, and nursing neuroscience.

“[She] was a valued and beloved member of the Albany Med family,” the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer said in a statement Thursday. “She epitomized the nursing profession with her patient advocacy, leadership, and passion for caring. We are devastated by her passing and keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.”

After the Honda became dislodged from the trailer, it was moved into the passing lane and was struck by a Saturn sedan driven by 40-year-old Schoharie woman. The Saturn became airborne and landed down an embankment on its roof. The driver was taken to Albany Medical Center but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, police said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the first crash should contact State Police at 630-1700.

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