Two women died after a head-on collision on Route 109 in East Farmingdale on November 23. One of the dead was the driver going the wrong way on the road.
According to police, Susan Krebser of Levittown, driving a 1991 Buick Regal northwest in the southeast lanes of Route 109, collided head-on with Jeanne Grazia’s 2012 Kia Forte. Grazia, of Islip, was on her way home from work at a Farmingdale funeral home at around 11 p.m., when the crash occurred.
Both women were taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where Grazia was pronounced dead, CBS News reports. Krebser was in serious condition when she arrived at the hospital and later died of her injuries.
Grazia’s daughter-in-law, Christine, said her mother-in-law was just a few minutes away from the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home when the accident happened. She had worked there for nearly 20 years as a greeter, comforting families and other mourners. Her boss, William Trudden, called her a “wonderful, caring woman,” according to CBS News, and said she was more of a family member than an employee. Grazia’s son Robert told Newsday that his mother liked being in a “position to help people.”
Before she died, Krebser had been charged with driving while intoxicated and police say they found alcohol inside her car. Krebser’s neighbors say she was despondent over losing custody of her son in a divorce, according to CBS News.
The two cars have been impounded for safety checks, as the investigation into the crash continues. Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to contact the vehicular crime unit.