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Greece Post
  • Lynne DiPilato of Greece mourned after fatal crash

  • Around 2:30 p.m on Nov. 28., Lynne and Nicholas DiPilato were driving east on Route 104 in Greece when a vehicle struck the couple’s car, sending it into the westbound lane of Route 104, where it was then hit by a westbound truck.


    Lynne, a 61-year-old bus driver for Greece Central School District, suffered a broken neck and was pronounced dead at Park Ridge Hospital later that afternoon.

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  • Lynne and Nicholas DiPilato spent a late Sunday afternoon on Nov. 28 doing something they always loved to do: they went out on a long drive through town.
     It never mattered where they went. It was about the simple and genuine pleasure of spending time together.
    “They were so in love with each other. They were best friends ... they were soulmates,” said the couple’s daughter, Christina.
    “For all my life they always liked going on drives. On this particular day, they were just hanging out at home watching a movie. They went out to DiBella’s to eat, and they decided to take the long way home,” she said.
    Around 2:30 p.m., the couple made their way home, driving east on Route 104 in Greece. As Nicholas, the driver, sat in the turning lane, waiting to make a left turn onto Dean Road, he noticed something peculiar in his rearview mirror.
    A vehicle behind him was coming closer and closer at a high rate of speed— and did not appear to be slowing down.
    The vehicle struck the couple’s car, sending it into the westbound lane of Route 104, where it was then hit by a westbound truck.
    According to Corporal John Helfer of the Monroe County Sheriff’s office, two other vehicles swerved off the roadway to avoid the crash, which remains under investigation.
    Lynne, a 61-year-old bus driver for Greece Central School District, suffered a broken neck and was pronounced dead at Park Ridge Hospital later that afternoon.
    Nicholas suffered a fractured spine, pelvis, wrist and arm, and later contracted a high fever due to an infection from an IV. Family members say he is expected to be released from the hospital some time in the next two weeks.
    “He’s so heartbroken, we’re all more concerned with his mental health,” said Christina, of her father’s condition.
    While at work that afternoon, Christina received a devastating phone call from Mark, who had gotten the call first from officials at Strong Hospital.
    “My brother found out. He called me at work and told me that I needed to come to Strong. I asked him what was going on. He said mom was at Park Ridge and dad was at Strong, and you need to get over here.”
    Lynne and Nicholas marked 35 years of marriage in July. They met at Monroe Community College 41 years ago, and called Greece their home.
    “She was the peacemaker. She was the rock of our entire family,” said Christina of her mother. The two were polar opposites while Christina was growing up, she said.
    “She was very sweet and girly. I was always the tomboy and cynical,” she said.
    But if the two ever had a misunderstanding, it wasn’t for long, said Christina. “We always made up.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Lynne was known for “always doing something artistic,” she said, whether it was drawing a picture, making ornaments, or making clothes.
    And she loved to sing. “She used to sing all the time,” said Mark.
    “She was just so full of love. Any time you were down or sad she was always there to pick you back up.”
    The two say Lynne will be remembered most for her smile, her love of life and her unshakable patience.
    “I just think of comfort when I think of her,” said Christina. “I miss her, I want her back.”
     

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