New York is the 4th largest state in the country. With its winding roads bending through forests and mountains, it’s easy to get mixed up in the direction you’re going. You could take the wrong turn through the countryside to end up in the territory you’re unfamiliar with. In a moment’s notice, a playful trip can turn into a horror story.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the darkest stories based in New York state to demonstrate the importance of going the right way on the roads. These stories are so horrific, you’ll be opting into an online defensive driving course. These are the NY wrong way horror stories.
The Taconic Crash of 2009
In 2009, a minivan was speeding recklessly down the Taconic State Parkway. To make matters worse, it was going the wrong way. Driven by 36-year old Diane Schuler, the minivan struck, head on, an SUV carrying a family.
This tragic event was unveiled that Schuler was under the influence of drugs and alcohol during the collision. The event only becomes more horrifying knowing that Schuler was transporting her daughter and three nieces in the minivan. The SUV was carrying three people. The aftermath left no survivors and the event reached a national news level of controversy.
Jetting off to Jail
Dylan Donahue was known as the New York Jet’s first year linebacker in 2017. He’s now known for driving under the influence of alcohol in the Lincoln Tunnel of New York City. He was caught blazing through the tunnel in his Dodge Charger. He was caught when he collided, head first, into a jitney bus.
Donahue and his passenger left the wreck unharmed, but that was not the same outcome for passengers on the bus. Several bus patrons were treated for minor injuries. Luckily, everyone left the incident alive. What could have been a catastrophic event inside a contained tunnel resulted in a miraculous recovery.
The Bonkers Yonkers Collision
Even in Yonkers, New York people aren’t safe from wrong way drivers. A driver, under the influence of alcohol… again, collided with a group of tourists visiting from Florida. Serving as a cold welcome to a state notorious for its rough attitude, the collision was the result of a driver traveling on the wrong side of the road.
The Bronx River Parkway turned into the Bronx River Danger-way when a 35-year old driver collided with a car carrying seven passengers. The victims of the accident were immediately transported to the hospital with a speedy recovery. The driver of the vehicle, however, was rushed off to jail, where he is currently awaiting his charges.
Bridging the Wrong Way
A wrong way collision resulted in the death of a man and the injury of several other victims in recent weeks on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Of course, the culprit was a driver under the influence of alcohol and drugs while driving home in the early hours of the morning. The victims, in this instance, were a group of young adults that were driving the right way on the road.
While the passengers in the victim’s car were rushed to the nearest hospital, one, unfortunately, perished from the damage in the collision. The culprit of the wreck is in stable condition but is serving time in jail because of his reckless actions.
Drivers should never drive under the influence of alcohol as it impairs their motor skills. Moreover, drivers should always be cautious of what lurks, swerving from lane to lane, on the roads.