Metro-North Victims Identified
February 4, 2015
All six people killed in the horrific Metro-North accident have been identified.
Ellen Schaeffer Brody of Edgemont, who was the driver of the SUV on the tracks, was instantly killed when a Metro-North train hit her vehicle at the Commerce Street railroad crossing in Valhalla.
The mother of three children who lived in Scarsdale, Brody was returning home from her job of 15 years at ICD Contemporary Jewelry in Chappaqua. Her husband, Alan Brody, thanked those who shared their condolences on Facebook. A memorial service will be held on Friday February 6 at 10:00 am at Chabad of the Riverstowns at 303 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.
The five men who were passengers of the first car of the train have been identified. Our heart goes out to the victims' families and friends. The first two mentioned were residents of Bedford Hills.
Eric Vandercar, a 53-year old family man with two children, was a Senior Managing Director of Municipal Funding at Mesirow Financial in New York City. Mesirow Financial released a statement: “Eric was not only a pillar in the industry, he was a great partner and friend to many. Losing him is a huge loss, personally and professionally. Our entire Mesirow family is hurting and our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife, Jill, and their family.”
Walter Liedtke, 69, was a Curator of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Museum released a statement: “We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss. Walter Liedtke was a brilliant, respected curator and scholar of Dutch and Flemish paintings who was part of the Met family for 35 years. He will long be remembered for his vast knowledge, his wit, and a passion for art that inspired all who came in contact with him." Watch "The Age of Rembrandt - Curatorial Perspective"
with Walter Liedtke
Robert Dirks, 36, of Chappaqua was a Research Scientist at D.E. Shaw Research in the field of computational biochemistry. Dirks received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech, and an A.B. in 2000 in mathematics and chemistry from Wabash College, summa cum laude, with election to Phi Beta Kappa.
Aditya Tomar, 41, of Danbury, CT. Tomar was a VP with JP Morgan Stanley Asset Management.
Joseph Nadol, 42, was from Ossining.
In addition, twelve patients were treated at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. A spokesman for the Medical Center said eight people remain in the hospital. One of them is in critical condition, one is in serious condition, four are in fair condition, and two patients remain in good condition. Four people have already been released.