Thruway car crash leaves two dead

A horrific multi-car accident on I-90 last Friday left two people dead, including a South Cairo resident, and two others injured. 

Shortly before midnight on Friday, July 4, State Police, Fire, EMS and Thruway Authority responded to an accident on the westbound section of I-90 between exits 24 and 25, at mile marker 151 in Guilderland.

According to a New York State Police news release, Tyler S. Pascuzzi, 24, of Coxsackie was driving a 2004 Volkswagen GLI at “a high rate of speed” with two passengers in the car when he struck a 2003 Honda Civic.

The driver of the Civic, Brian T. Miller, 29, of Schenectady lost control of the car and struck the center guide rail.

The Volkswagen began to spin out, and then struck an Old Dominion Freight Lines tractor trailer. The car separated in two pieces upon impact.

The Volkswagen's two passengers, Cody J. Veverka, 23, of South Cairo and Alicia M. Tamboia, 24 of Wingdale, were ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Time Warner Cable News spoke with Veverka's mother, Patty Veverka, who said that many people have reached out to her family in the wake of her son's death.

In a story in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Tamboia's former teachers from Dover High recalled her as a bright, popular "go-getter." Tamboia, a dedicated Justin Bieber fan who was well-known in fan circles, was memorialized on many fan sites and celebrity news outlets, and a hashtag started by fellow fans in her memory -- #RIPAlicia -- reached millions of people after it was shared by Bieber himself.

Pascuzzi and Miller were transported to Albany Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

No charges have been filed, but police said the investigation is ongoing.