Young women killed in head-on crash w...

Young women killed in head-on crash were both intoxicated

There are 41 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 13, 2007, titled Young women killed in head-on crash were both intoxicated. In it, Newsday reports that:

Sara Epstein, 19, of Troy, and Alicia Quintana, 21, of Albany, died when Epstein's sport utility vehicle collided with an empty tanker truck at 4 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate-787 in Albany.

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Middletown, NY

#24 Apr 13, 2009
THIS IS HER BEST FRIEND, thanks , lots of you i can see are pieces of shit! i hope you never made a mistake in life, i dont have to judge you , god will

Albany, NY

#25 Apr 14, 2009
................ helmet

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#26 Apr 14, 2009
None of you morons did well in English class, did you?

Clifton Park, NY

#27 May 28, 2009
I am sickend at what that prick said in Albany, I was friends with both Sara and Alicia, and all three of us worked together. They were two of the funniest, happiest, most polite girls i've ever met in my life. I still think about them, and when i pass the crash site i always pray for them and their families. It's sad this had to happen but instead of chastising them, why don't you pray for them.

“The World We Live In ”

Since: Jun 09


#28 Jun 11, 2009
Yeah I am with you on this one! Short and Simple. It's very sad to see the young girls not to survive, However as you said thank God noone else was killed or harmed.

Rensselaer, NY

#29 Jun 18, 2009
This is such a sad thing...i remember being in a grade younger then that girl Sarah and although I never met her she always had a smile that could brighten any room. Its so unfortunate that these girls had to pay their lives, because we ALL make mistakes. Both girls are now in Heaven and no one deserves to be talked about or called names. I hope this terrible event opens every young persons life o how serious alcohol is even though we might not think it at the time. I also hope "Albany Man" speaking on behalf of truckers realizes both girls had families and friends that he made feel terrible over his comment. How can someone even begin to speak on behalf of someone he never got to experience seeing, or talking to.
I hope both girls are resting in peace and I hope we can all begin to learn from each others mistakes so they dont happen again.

Medina, NY

#30 Jun 22, 2009
ill always miss poor sara
Also a young lady

Sound Beach, NY

#31 Jun 30, 2009
Ok it's been almost 2 years and it is still fresh in every one's mind! This is tragic however, these young ladies were not paying attention or worrying about others around them. We can not blame the truckers they were not in the wrong, as these young ladies were! With Sara's dad being a police officer you would think she'd know better or at least use better judgement. Those girls were at fault any way you people look at it, they may have been great kids however the partying ALWAYS gets the best of you! What we should do is learn from this and teach our kids to PAY attention and DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE NO MATTER YOUR AGE especially at 19 when your not even legal!

Schenectady, NY

#32 Jul 11, 2009
Well Albany Man...I think the reason you feel so disrespected is because you're an ignorant asshole yourself. No one respects someone like you, no matter what your profession. And who the hell are you to demand so much respect? Every single working person on this earth stimulates and helps the economy and we're all underappreciated. Even our PRESIDENTS don't get the respect they want. Buck up and be a man and stop hating everyone and everything because you feel neglected. You're no different from anyone else.
No one's going to respect someone who calls a 19 year old young lady who has tragically passed on a "little bitch".
Obviously you hate your life/job...maybe instead of taking it out on everyone around you, look elsewhere for employment.
And hopefully from all the feedback you got on ONE small comment you made, you'll learn not to talk shit about the dead. It's a quick way to piss A LOT of people off (including me, someone who didn't know either of these girls) and lose respect (ironic).

Dumb ass.

Saugerties, NY

#33 Jan 18, 2010
I'm sorry for both the families of the girls and the truck driver. However, according to the investigation Sara, while going the wrong direction, not only passed numerous vehicles, but forced them to pull over and get out of her way. Both girls were 3 times OVER the legal limit. Sara had a driver's license of a 24 year old friend, who looked like her, just so that she could get alcohol as a minor. And yet people are still trying to blame the tractor trailer drivers?? The simple fact is this accident and the death of her best friend were caused by Sara. She decided to drink too much. She decided to drive. And she was SO drunk she never even saw or heard the cars honking at her? How was she still even awake? I have no tolerance for drunk drivers, especially after one took my mother's life. It was her fault not the truck drivers. And it is a shame she had to pay the ultimate price. It's even a million times worse that she took her best friend with her. And I can only imagine what the truck drivers went through emotionally after this tragedy.

"At the top of the ramp, Epstein narrowly missed colliding with a south bound tractor trailer who observed her S-10 blazer going the wrong way, and flashed his lights and sounded his air horn to try and alert her to the fact she was driving north in the southbound lanes. Sara Epstein continued north for approximately 2.8 miles, missing three other southbound passenger vehicles. These vehicles all pulled over onto the right shoulder to avoid colliding with Epstein's vehicle. Two separate vehicles on the northbound side, a passenger car and a tractor truck without a trailer observed the Epstein vehicle next to them going the wrong way in the Southbound lanes, and tried to warn her by flashing lights and sounding their horns, with no success. Sara Epstein continued north in the southbound lanes to a curve just north of the exit for Interstate 90, where she collided with a tractor trailer tanker truck headed South in the left lane, and then hit another tractor trailer tanker in the middle lane. A third tractor trailer tanker also in the middle lane avoided the collision."

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#34 Jan 19, 2010
Too less morons wreaking havoc on the roads.
William - Albany

Troy, NY

#35 Jan 19, 2010
To Denise in Woodstock

Thank you for injecting reason and thought to this discussion. While I don't defend Albany Man's choice of words and insult, he was responding to the insult he received from a previous poster.

Again, Denise, thanks for saying what was needed.

Albany, NY

#36 Feb 3, 2010
wow! Last night my 16 year old came home drunk. It is important to me to stress the consequences of the actions of drinking while driving and teen binge drinking/alchol poisioning. I remembered this accident from what I heard only. I heard these girls knew they were lost and one of them called their father while on the wrong side of the road. Just thinking of that, if it wa true or not, impacted me. I worry as all parents; what my kids will do growing up and last night as one of my own came through the door drunk, it scared me. He wasnt just a little drunk and I slept next to him all night to watch him sleep. Although he walked home, who knows if the amount of alchol will make for poor judgements in the future. So this morning, I googled teenage binged drinking and acidents for him to read when I get home tonight. I am hoping he will read some of these and realize what can happen. Some of this shocked me! Those girls were wrong yes, I made the mistake myself more than 20 years ago and was lucky enough to be caught by the police before I hurt anyone. At that time, when I drank, I never drove but that one night, I had too much and it impaired my judgement. I was lucky enough to realize my mistake and never did it again. As this article shows, some of us are not taugh by law, but with our lives. I try to teach my kids about alchohol, but its a continuous process.

These girls made a huge mistake and when I heard about this I thought about them and how scared they must have been. I can't even imagine. Regardless of who one of the drivers fathers is,(a cop who should be respected and not nailed for every criminals cry of abuse) he is a father and I cant and hope I never have to realize that pain. I also thought about the impact of the accident on the truck driver. I can't imagine killing someone in an accident even if their is no fault on his/her part. I also can't understand how someone can call someone a bitch who made a mistake and lost their life. However, it is something I can show my son tonight so he can realize all of the population and how the rightous can throw big stones. As a mother I try not to judge other's children, you never know what your own can or will do. None of us should throw opinions to others who may be hurting or going through an awful life experience. You just dont know nor can you control the occurances in your own life or the lives of your own loved ones. I sought this story out this morning to teach my son. I found everything I needed, the loss, the ridicule, the pain, the anger and the impact. I never intended to comment. Godbless those two young girls

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#37 Feb 3, 2010
Ive drove home drumk a few times but i guess ive been lucky.. Had some friends whove lost their life behind the wheel though and THEY werent the drunk ones.

New York, NY

#38 Aug 5, 2010
I still cant believe to this day that sara and her friend are gone...I still cant believe people are still writing irrigant things on here...I understand she made a stupid mistake...shes paying for that now and so is her family and friends..but my friend SARA lost her life shes gone..theres nothing we can do now...but why are some of you people so cruel for writing some of the things you wrote. I know we do some crazy things but calling my friend who lost her life a "little bitch" is beyond low for whoever u are. Shes gone, she made a mistake why call her names?...There may of been things for us to prevent what has happened but everyone makes mistakes...this one just cost her her life. I still think of Sara everyday..doesnt matter whut im doing but shes always on my mind and in my heart. Im sure she is in all the people who loved her, hearts as well. This is just a situation people need to learn from and understand there are so many consequences that follow with drinking and driving...we should be thinking about that and not calling people names and arguing whos fault it was. Just learn from others mistakes and try not to do the same. Wherever Sara is i hope she is happy, id rather be where she is then live in a world with all these hurtful people who dont have a heart. Sara I love you and miss you. Watch over all and friends. R.I.P
Ronald DeFeo Jr

Bronx, NY

#39 Aug 6, 2010
Slappy Sanchez wrote:
Too less morons wreaking havoc on the roads.
Did they both have blond hair? 2) Less trash and possible welfare trash on the road. We are all better off!
Rhiannon-cousin of Sara

Montgomery, AL

#42 Jan 25, 2012
Slappy Sanchez wrote:
Too less morons wreaking havoc on the roads.
You can say this with a clear conscious knowing their families are reading these comments? Imagine if it was someone you knew and loved. It wouldn't be, "Oh, good thing they're dead, two less morons on the road." Young people make bad decisions sometimes but they did not deserve to die, and do not deserve to be ostracized by strangers. Sara, my COUSIN, was a beautiful person, and her death will never stop haunting my family. Obviously you've never been through this kind of pain because of your insensitivity; I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but have some compassion. You've been very disrespectful and would not say these things if you were talking to my and Alicia's families face-to-face.

Clifton Park, NY

#43 Jan 25, 2012
Latham Man. you said nothing wrong.
Was it professional to have 3 tankers being driven
3 abreast? What about the people behind them?
I am not pointing my finger at anyone but just
Alicia and Sara's families and friends....
I am so sorry about their short time in life.
You know when you are 19 or so you think like a
19 year old not a 30 or 50 old...they loved and
have been loved. May they rest in peace and
perhaps they can tell Jesus I said, "Hi."

Clifton Park, NY

#44 Jan 25, 2012
boomer wrote:
<quoted text>nicole i think for you being a female you should learn how to spell the word douche
I think she prefers the way she spells it.

Clifton Park, NY

#45 Jan 25, 2012
Slappy Sanchez wrote:
Too less morons wreaking havoc on the roads.
go scratch

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