Suspect in fatal crash killing prof posts bail

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A Glen Cove man posted $100,000 cash bail Monday following his arrest on a charge that he triggered a six-car pileup in Old Brookville that killed a former Connecticut college professor on her way to see her ... Full Story
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meg

Chester, NY

#2 May 15, 2007
If this person was kept off the road due to previous convictions, he wouldn't have had the opportunity to muder and injure innocent people. A car is a dangerous weapon if misused and that certainly happened in this case. He should be charged and convicted of murder. It was no accident that he willfully broke the law by getting behind the wheel of his car. It's a tragedy that people who drive illegally aren't treated more seriously when caught, because it could have prevented the death of this mother and the pain caused to her family.
meg

Chester, NY

#3 May 15, 2007
If this person was kept off the road due to previous convictions, he wouldn't have had the opportunity to muder and injure innocent people. A car is a dangerous weapon if misused and that certainly happened in this case. He should be charged and convicted of murder. It was no accident that he willfully broke the law by getting behind the wheel of his car. It's a tragedy that people who drive illegally aren't treated more seriously when caught, because it could have prevented the death of this mother and the pain caused to her family.
Safety First

Lyndhurst, NJ

#5 May 15, 2007
Why is this man behind the wheel of a car when his license has been suspended at least SIX times? It's outrageous. There should be a limit to the amount of suspensions before revoking your license permanently.
Observer

North Brunswick, NJ

#6 May 15, 2007
A suspended license at least 6 times since 2003, and the dude is STILL on the road! And he can afford to post $100K bail in cash? When are we going to get tough on these clowns who think the laws don't apply to them? I hope he goes away for a long time.
Had Enough

Woodbury, NY

#7 May 15, 2007
Let it be known that Danas Hwy in Glen Cove is a very affluent area. This Piece-of-$hit and his immediate family (those who knew he was driving illegally) should be held fully accountable! There will be those who will argue that affluence has nothing to do with this event and you may be correct, but clearly this $cumbag has been driving around without any regard for the law and/or anyone’s safety. He is clearly a detriment to those on the road and I wonder how much of his lifestyle contributed to his total disregard for his fellow citizens. If his footsteps (particularly the family members he came in contact with) prior to the accident are not meticulously scrutinized, then this is truly a travesty of justice! I would bet my life on the fact that someone knew he was driving and looked the other way!

Congratulations Mr. Moss, you have probably ruined your life financially (you probably have no conscience) and with any luck you have ruined the lives of your irresponsible immediate family members! Jerk.
Put him away for ever

Holden, MA

#8 May 15, 2007
He killed a wonderful woman. She was my daughter's speech therapist and a friend of the family. How dare he plead not guilty.
Faust

Addison, TX

#9 May 15, 2007
I hope this guy has a lovely home, will be nice to see him lose it in the upcoming lawsuit.

Can kiss that Land Rover goodbye as well.

Since: Mar 07

Secaucus, NJ

#10 May 15, 2007
It's amazing that this guy got his license back six times. I agree with the person who said he should have been kept in jail. This guy has demonstrated himself to be a threat to public safety.

And though this case has nothing to do with money, I can't help pointing out that a schmuck like this driving an expensive car doesn't necessarily mean he can afford it.
Deeply saddened

Brandon, VT

#11 May 15, 2007
Life is FRAGILE. Please remember to cherish those you love and recognize that horrible things can happen in an INSTANT. I would like others to know that Toni dedicated her life to children and families. She made a TREMENDOUS difference in the lives of individuals with hearing loss and those who care for and love them. She helped MANY to hear and communicate to the best of their ability. She always went above and beyond. She made sure to share with others the very real needs of people with hearing loss. As a former student, I learned so much from her. Through her work and research, she conveyed to me how rewarding and important it is to work in the field of Audiology. I was blessed to have known her and to have seen first hand her ability to share her knowledge and compassion with others. My prayers are with her family, especially her husband and son and all those grieving this great loss. Again, please remember life is fragile and we never know when people will leave us. Love others...it is all that really matters in the end. I'll miss your smile Toni!

Since: May 07

Glen Head

#13 May 17, 2007
Money does have something to do with it. He can afford a good lawyer and has a better chance of getting off easy. Money talks. Maybe he'd have thought twice if he didin't have money to burn. Sad, very sad.
UMuffa

West Hempstead, NY

#14 May 19, 2007
He will drive and cause damage again very shortly
Dr Remulac

East Setauket, NY

#15 May 20, 2007
I got word directly from a Nassau County P.O.- he was intoxicated, most likely drunk. The papers are silent about it, Nassau FD Rant locked the topic http://www.nassaufdrant.com/phpBB/viewtopic.p...
and there is a total news blackout about Jeff B. Moss other than the most general details about the accident.
If he was drunk or high why would that be covered up? The other thing that absolutely blows my mind is the he pleaded NOT GUILTY to Negligent Homicide!
If I my information is not wrong and somehow this is getting hushed up, that shows you the corrupt system really is.
I
Jonjaxmom

Norwich, CT

#16 May 21, 2007
Moss should read about the beautiful life he snuffed out... here is an article from the hartford courant about this lady that my 3 year old hearing impaired son will miss tremendously... please pass along.

By JIM FARRELL
Courant Staff Writer
May 15, 2007

She was a pioneer in the field of pediatric audiology. An inspiring teacher and
lecturer. A wonderful singer. A great conversationalist, gardener and cook.

So said friends and colleagues Monday about Antonia Maxon Brancia, who died in a
car crash Saturday in Old Brookville, N.Y., while en route to her son's college
graduation.

"She was an absolutely fascinating woman with a lot of interests," said Susan
Bartlett, director of the University of Connecticut's speech and hearing clinic.
"A real Renaissance person."

Brancia, 60, was with her husband, Sjef A. Vandenberg, when their car and five
others were rammed by a vehicle driven by Jeff B. Moss, 43, of Glen Cove.

Moss was speeding when he piled into the cars as they were stopped at an
intersection, according to police, who charged Moss with criminally negligent homicide.

Vandenberg was hospitalized and several others were also injured, according to
police.

Pieter Vandenberg, 21, was with his father at the hospital Sunday while
classmates at C.W. Post participated in commencement exercises on Sunday.

Colleagues say Brancia, who lived in Mansfield, was instrumental in establishing
mandatory hearing screenings for newborns in the state. She also was regarded as
an expert in the field of cochlear implants, the tiny electronic devices
implanted in the ear to aid hearing.

"She really carved out a specialty," said Bartlett, adding that Brancia was a
prolific researcher and writer while a member of the UConn staff.

James Dempsey, an associate professor at Southern Connecticut State University,
said Brancia steered him toward his work in the field of communications
disorders.

Dempsey was in a class taught by Brancia in the 1970s, when she was teaching at
Queen's College while working on a doctoral degree.

"The best teacher I ever had," Dempsey said. "Exciting. Interesting. Down to earth."

Brancia and Diane Brackett founded the New England Center for Hearing
Rehabilitation in 1999 and have patients all over the world.

Elaine Tal-el, who lives in Jerusalem, learned of Brancia's death by e-mail and
called the center Monday to express her condolences.

Tal-el has twin sons who needed cochlear implants, and she said she has relied
on Brancia's counsel and expertise for years.

"She was unbelievable," Tal-el said by phone. "Proficient, sensitive, intuitive.
Classy. A warm and wonderful and loving person."
Julie Olson_Killingly CT

Auburn Hills, MI

#17 May 29, 2007
My heart goes out to Sjef and Pieter and to the rest of her family including all the girls at NECHEAR, we were the lucky ones for having Toni in our lives. Jayden only 3 doesn't understand but knows that he hasn't been to his weekly appointments he sees your picture and says oooonnniii, go. We will miss you Toni
The Olson Family
Bails

AOL

#18 Jun 9, 2007
My Son Frank Thomas 19 was killed Friday May 11th on Sandlake Rd poestenkill N.Y. I would like to know if we could speak about a bill that we could submit to the senate about a mandatory guideline law on bails that all judges have to go by on certain crimes like dwi,vehicular manslater or murder,any other terrible crime like that. I don't think it is fair to the victim if the judge that is on the day of a bail hearing makes a choice of bail on his own choice when a different judge may have a different outlook on the same crime. I understand that they look at everyone in different ways when it comes to making sure they come to court. But some instances more than others there shouldnt be a choice. They should stay in jail until they have there day in court. Or a bail that is high enough for the dwi recipients to think twice before they drink and drive or even reckless driving teenagers. Because if they think that they can get out in a couple of days. Who really is learning a lesson? Maybe if these kids know that there is no tolerance no matter what the situation is they might think twice before they get in a car or even commit any terrible crime. This mother has her son home and even convicted she will see him soon I will never have that, my son will never have a another chance nothing changes on our end of this situation. The only thing that I can have at this point is justice, fairness and my son to help someone else's family.I know my son will always whisper in my ear and tell me its ok but I will never see him again (only in my dreams) Please help me make a difference if its the last thing I can do for my son.
Janice Thomas
332 plank rd
poestenkill ny 12140
Judge Jucan let my sons killer out with no bail
and this is not the first time he has been judge shopped to do this terrible thing to the victims family.
rennselaer county.Even thought the person will pendergast was charged with dwi/vehicular manslaughter
Charley F

Ashford, CT

#19 Jun 17, 2007
There has been concern that Jeff B. Moss, who caused the accident, received preferential treatment subsequent to the accident. I understand that Moss was only days away from marrying the stepdaughter of fashion mogul Donna Karan, and is a resident of Danas Island Highway in Glen Cove. Some good questions:

1. Role of Karan or husband in posting bail
2. Contacts between Nassau police and Karan or husband
3. Role of Karan or husband in retaining lawyers for Moss
4. Why this fact, i.e., Moss's pending marriage to Karan's stepdaughter, has never appeared in Newsday or the New York Times (as far as I can tell from searches)
5. Whether this connection has influenced the decision to grant relatively low bail.
6. Whether this connection is influencing Nassau DA Kathleen Rice's decision concerning the prosecution of Jeff B. Moss.
hunter

Ashford, CT

#20 Jun 17, 2007
wiw

East Earl, PA

#21 Jun 17, 2007
Best justice money can buy.
hunter

Ashford, CT

#22 Jun 18, 2007
Maybe not if we can publicize the situation. Both Antonia Brancia and Sjef Vandenberg were the type of teachers that you would want your kids to have.
Glen Cove person

Milford, CT

#23 Jun 21, 2007
Does anyone know the result of this case?
Its been a long time since they dont talk about this issue

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