UPDATE: Ridgewood Man Who Died in Upstate New York Car Crash Identified

Police are still determining how George Swan drifted off the road and into a parked tractor trailer on Sunday.

A Ridgewood man died after his car struck a tractor trailer parked on a small pull-off road in rural Walton, New York, according to a news release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Ridgewood police identified George Swan, 53, as the man Delaware County sheriff's officials said drifted off a curve on State Road 206 and struck an unoccupied tractor trailer parked at an adjacent pull-off Sunday at around 4:30 p.m.

Swan was prounced dead at the scene by the county medical examiner. Authorities are continuing to investigate how the accident occurred, according to the news release.

He leaves behind his wife and high school sweetheart, Kathy; his four children, Shauna, Kacey, Brennan, Tanner, and son-in-law Eddie Brooks.

Calling hours at Feeney Funeral Home in Ridgewood will be conducted Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m., according to his death notice.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chuch at 10:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Maroon Council at Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, New York, 13346 in memory of George Swan.

This report was last updated at 4:03 p.m. Monday.

Kathryn Ruggles November 29, 2012 at 08:27 PM
"No matter how brave we think we are, or think we can be, we must call sorrow by it's right name and see It for what it is. Only then can we avail ourselves of the treasure that is hidden in the folds of its dark cloak. I think that we should not, by any twist of the words we use, minimize what we are going through, what anyone goes through, when death enters upon life and removes a member of our circle, family-close or friendship wide. There will be time enough to ponder the event, to philosophize about it, to discover its significance. Now the bleak fact stands; a light has gone out, wherever it may be shining, it is here no longer." Elizabeth Yates in, Up the Golden Stair. May the love of family and friends help you to heal. The Ruggles Family
Kacey Swan November 30, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Words can't describe the tremendous loss my family is feeling. My dad was truly an extraordinary father, husband, friend, coach and person. We appreciate all the love and support we have received. He will forever be in our hearts.
Nancy Brooks December 01, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Veronica, Thank you for sharing this experience. Your words about the calm you felt has brought comfort to family members and friends. I'm also so thankful you and your boyfriend stopped to try and help.
Rose Dunn December 03, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I love you all and am so sorry about this. Even though I couldn't be there with you, you were in my heart and prayers. Aunt Ro
Sue Wojtyna Matthews December 14, 2012 at 07:22 AM
Kathy, I am just now hearing about this and I am so sorry. I remember George from EFA football with my brother, and of course, you from our playground supervisors and our time at Answerphone. You have crossed my mind many times, and I have looked for you on Facebook. I am saddened to find you in this way. Everyone talks about George's smile, and I remember that too. But I also remember you, as one of the sweetest, most beautiful girls I've ever met and I hate that this has happened to you and your family.


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