Woman In Fatal Ithaca Wreck Identified

06.23.14 | Sarah Harnisch

Amanda Bush, 27, was working at Simeon's on the Commons when she was killed by a tractor-trailer car hauler that struck the restaurant, leaving five others injured.

The truck was carrying seven vehicles when it struck the southeast corner of 224 E. State St. at around 4:09 p.m. Friday, Ithaca police Public Information Officer Jamie Williamson said.

Bush, a Lansing resident, was a bartender at the restaurant, located on the first floor of the four-story building in the busy Ithaca Commons pedestrian mall. The top three floors are apartments, which were evacuated.

The five others injured were taken to a local hospital via Bangs Ambulance. Their injures do not appear to be life-threatening, Williamson said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 37-year-old Viacheslav Grychanyi, of Spokane, Washington, has been ticketed with being over-length and having an inadequate braking system. He is cooperating with the investigation, Williamson said. The owner of the tractor trailer is Auto Star Transport, based in Spokane.

The tractor-trailer was traveling westbound on Mitchell Street and merged onto East State Street, police said. The truck then continued down the hill and collided with the building.

Witnesses told police the tractor-trailer appeared to be traveling at 40 to 50 mph before the impact.

The building has stood since the Ulysses S. Grant administration, and now with a local construction company working to remove the tractor trailer and dismantle the building "as necessary", according to police, many are left saddened.

The 100 blocks of North Aurora Street and South Aurora Street remain closed this morning, police said.

A small fire erupted from the truck's cab, but was quickly extinguished by both police officers and members of the Ithaca Fire Department.