Exclusive: Family speaks after Northway hit and run

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Updated: 5/22 10:20 pm

WILTON, N.Y. – The family involved in a Northway hit and run accident is speaking out since the incident.

The Rush family was in the 4 Runner that rolled over on the Northway after being struck by an unidentified driver on Tuesday evening.

Ryan Rush said both his daughter and wife broke their collar bones in the car crash, but he is happy that they are at least home safe.

On Tuesday around 4 p.m. between Exits 15 and 16 on the Northway, four vehicles were involved in the accident.

State Police said a dark colored sedan unsafely changed lanes and struck a vehicle operated by Geoffrey Saddlemire. This caused Saddlemire’s sedan to cross into the path of the Toyota 4 Runner operated by Angelina Rush.

Rush’s SUV rolled over multiple times as it left the interstate. A fourth vehicle operated by Brittany Kerr sustained minor damage as it was struck by the 4 Runner after the initial collision.

“Have you ever been in the ocean and tossed by waves? Like that,” Angelina described the accident.

That’s all Angelina remembers of the accident. Troopers said that the proper use of a child booster seat likely saved the life of Rush’s seven-year-old daughter, Ava, during the accident. The family said the seat prevented the crushed roof from injuring or even killing their little girl.

Ryan said the drive to the hospital to check on his family is something he wishes on no one.

“And then when I got there, my wife was on a stretcher covered in blood, and my daughter was in x-ray,” he said.

The family said that despite the broken bones, they are just thankful it wasn’t worse.

"The bones that they have broken and the cut that they've endured are minor,” Ryan Rush said. “Bones can be mended. Cars can be replaced. But without my family, I don't know what I would have done.”

The Rush family’s son was also in the vehicle and only sustained minor scrapes and bruises.

Police said they are still looking for the driver that caused the accident. The Rush’s hope that he or she will come forward.

“For them to leave people that were possibly dead or injured and just flee the scene is a pretty shallow person to say the least,” Ryan said.

Anyone with information is asked to step forward. The dark sedan possibly has gray paint exchange.

The family said they wanted to talk about their experience because they want parents to understand the importance of seatbelts, and they hope it help catches the person responsible for the hit-and-run.

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