2016-06-08 / Front Page

Hubby Feels Guilt In Wife’s Crash Death

By Liz Goff
The husband of an elderly woman who died from injuries she suffered in a horrific crash on May 29 is “drowning in guilt,” family members said.

Andrew Huang, 86, was behind the wheel of his 2005 Toyota Corolla at about 2:17 p.m. on May 29, when he slammed the car into a 2016 Chevrolet parked on the corner of 34th Avenue near 91st Street in East Elmhurst, police said.

Amy Huang, 83, was sitting in the front passenger seat when the impact from the crash forced her through her seat belt, police said. Huang hit her head on the windshield as the car crashed into scaffolding from a nearby building, police said.

The couple emigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan almost 46 years ago, their son, William Huang, said. Neighbors described Amy Huang as a quiet, friendly woman who showered affection on her grandchildren. “They were a happy couple,” a neighbor said. “This is just so sad.”

Andrew Huang escaped with only minor injuries when his air bag inflated, police said. It is unclear if the front passenger air bag inflated on impact, a police source said. The Toyota Corolla was one of the models recalled recently for defective air bag inflators, the source said.

Police believe Huang may have mistakenly stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake, causing the Toyota to crash into the parked car. The impact forced the unoccupied Chevrolet onto the sidewalk where it struck the scaffolding, police said.

“The Toyota was accelerating at a high speed and it just slammed into the scaffolding,” a police source said. “It was a tragic chain of events.”

Amy Huang was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where she died a short while later from severe trauma to her head and body. Andrew Huang was taken to Elmhurst where he was treated for cuts to his arm and released.

“The son said his dad is blaming himself for his wife’s death,” the police source said. “The husband is still in shock. He believes that he killed his wife because he did something terribly wrong,” the source said.

 

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