The man’s wife and daughter came upon the wreckage of the car, which belonged to the man’s stolen car, while they were out driving. The grandfather was 75 years old.
On Monday afternoon, a multi-vehicle accident on the Southern State Parkway claimed the life of Richard Riggs, a resident of Holbrook, New York.
This is a day that will live long in Carol Riggs’ memory. Her daughter recognized her father’s automobile as they passed by the accident scene while driving on the same parkway.
“She said to me, ‘Oh my god, that looks like Daddy’s car.’ And she said, ‘What is the license plate number?’ And as she was reading it, she starts yelling, ‘That’s Daddy, that’s daddy!’ And there was no way for us to get over there because there was traffic blocked all the way around us,” she said.
According to NBC New York, Carol called her son-in-law for details and learned that the man in the car was, in fact, her husband of nearly 52 years.
“He was the kind of person that would have jumped out of his car, to help somebody in this situation. We lost a special man, we will never get him back,” Carol said, as per News12.
The police report that a stolen Range Rover was involved in a collision with a white Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both vehicles were passing another automobile, a Toyota Prius, when the collision occurred.
His car hit a tree and flipped over, while the Prius slammed into a cement jersey barrier. According to NBC New York, state police reported Riggs died at the scene.
According to News12, police have identified two individuals who were observed getting picked up from the stolen Range Rover by a Jeep before departing the scene.
Former salesperson Riggs leaves behind his wife, three daughters, and four grandchildren.
Carol is pleading with the public for information that would help identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice because she claims the sight of her husband’s overturned car has haunted her.
My thoughts and prayers are with this family as they go through this terrible ordeal. Richard Riggs, you are now at peace.
I pray that the guilty parties are identified and punished speedily so that this family can finally find peace and heal.
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