The Buffalo News (among a slew of other local news outlets) has the story of a tragic car crash that killed a four- and six-year-old and left their father in the hospital with brain injuries and a broken spine. Police believe that Dr. Steven J. Ambrusko, the children’s father, fell asleep as he was driving his son and daughter to his house after picking them up from his ex-wife in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Police found his car more than 300 feet from the road, its roof crushed and both children already dead. Although a nearby motorist who witnessed the accident called it in at 5:15 PM police did not discover the crash until three hours later. The first officer to respond to the scene did not find the vehicle or see anything amiss and cleared the call.
It was only after Dr. Ambrusko regained consciousness hours later and made his own 911 call that police revisited the scene and discovered the crash. Police are conducting an internal investigation of the conduct of the officer who first responded to the scene. It is not yet known whether the children may have lived had policed discovered the car earlier.
The details of this auto accident are particularly sad. Even without knowing for sure whether an extra three hours would have saved their children’s lives, the possibility that it may have must be devastating to both the mother and father. I hope the police conduct a thorough investigation of this accident and determine just what happened. There may be nothing that even the best New York auto accident attorney could do to help this family. Even if there isn’t, I hope the parents find some peace in whatever conclusions the police draw.