A Mt. Sinai mom stranded in deep snow on the Long Island Expressway wrote what she thought would be her last words to her children and husband.
41-year-old Priscilla Arena said she wasn’t able to leave early on Friday from her job as a sales account manager at an optical supply business in Ronkonkoma, according to the Associated Press. Arena left work at 4 p.m., she said, but by that point intense wind and quickly-mounting snow left her SUV trapped on the LIE in Farmingville.
Stranded in her vehicle with the temperature below freezing, Arena took out a piece of paper to write to her family, just in case:
“She told her 9 1/2-year-old daughter, Sophia, she was “picture-perfect beautiful.” And she advised her 5 ½-year-old son, John: “Remember all the things that mommy taught you. Never say you hate someone you love. Take pride in the things you do, especially your family. … Don’t get angry at the small things; it’s a waste of precious time and energy. Realize that all people are different, but most people are good.”
Arena added, “My love will never die — remember, always.”
More than 30 inches of snow accumulated around stranded drivers – some of whom were eventually rescued and treated for the early stages of hypothermia.
An Army canvas truck eventually came to Arena’s rescue after roughly 12 hours.
Over 42 cars got stuck on highway 347 in Suffolk County after the snow just came down too fast for them to get home during the evening commute.