Nazareth College Coed Succumbs to Crash Injuries: Driver Charged With DWI

Gabrielle E. Avecedo, 21 years old, died yesterday from injuries sustained on January 22, 2011, in a car accident, in which all four Nazareth student occupants of the car were hospitalized.

On her February 3, 2011, release from Strong Memorial, the driver of the car, Danielle L. Pitcher, of Oswego, was charged with DWI and speeding. She was driving on French Road, near campus when her car slid out of control and hit an oncoming car on the then snowy road.

The combination of youth, alcohol, speed and wintery road conditions led to this tragedy.

As mentioned over and over in past blog entries, a passenger who is killed in a car crash, has a very strong wrongful death claim against the driver(s) involved in the deadly crash.

There is no solace in a good cause of action.

Condolences to Ms. Avecedo's family and friends, to Ms. Pitcher, and to the Nazareth College community.