Mother of crash victim recalls frantic two-day search in '09

Police came to their Diamond Point home mid-afternoon Sunday, and reported that Brittany's cell phone sent active signals to a nearby tower that indicated she was within a five-mile radius of Warrensburg, LaFoy Grey recalled.

The couple intensified their search efforts along Rte. 9, Hudson Ave. Extension and Pack Forest roads.

On the highways, Louis Gray drove down the wrong side of the road so he could lean out the window with a flashlight and get a closer look at where LaFoy might be, Tammy recalled.

In the darkness Saturday night, Gray's risky approach yielded results. By the light of his flashlight, Gray saw a glimmer off some reflective material off an embankment, and stopped their car.

"Oh my God, it's Brittany," he cried out, Terry recalled. She said he then ran to Brittany's crushed car as she exited their car, crying, to summon help from a passerby on Rte. 9. Terry said it appeared Brittany's car had clipped a guardrail, then hit a telephone pole, and plunged down the embankment.

Gray reached through a window, and rubbed Brittany's forehead, and she uttered in a near-whisper that she was cold, Tammy said. Brittany was barely conscious, laying across the car's console, bleeding and badly injured, she recalled.

In response, Gray took off his sweatshirt and wrapped her in it while Terry waved a car down, and police were called.

State Police, Warren County Sheriff's officers and Warrensburg firefighters responded within a few minutes, Terry recalled. Members of the Warrensburg Fire Co. used hydraulic tools to peel back the roof, because the doors were jammed - while police called a medical helicopter.

Soon after, Brittany was flown to Albany Medical Center, and she was determined to be in critical condition.

She was treated in Albany Medical Center for a month, and was released for a lengthy stay in Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady to regain mobility.

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