Respected Doctor Killed in Freak Airstream Accident During Eclipse Travel

Respected Doctor Killed in Freak Airstream Accident During Eclipse Travel

A pediatrician was killed last week when she was thrown out of a moving Airstream travel trailer while making a trek from Long Island to upstate New York to watch Monday’s solar eclipse.

The accident happened on Saturday near the community of Brownville, which is north of Syracuse near the Canadian border.

The doctor, 58-year-old Monika Woroniecka, was headed for Cape Vincent, which was in the path of totality of Monday’s eclipse, The New York Post reported.

According to multiple reports and an accident report from the New York State Police, Woroniecka was traveling with her husband, Robert, and their daughter Helena.

The two women were riding inside of a 2024 Airstream trailer, which Robert was towing with a pickup truck. According to the Post, they had decided to ride in the trailer for the last 20 minutes of the trip.

Police said in a statement that was when tragedy struck.

“Witnesses behind the Airstream claimed they saw the passenger side door of the Airstream open, Monika Woroniecka’s arm hanging on the door after the wind caused the door to swing open, causing her to be thrown from the Airstream,” the accident report stated.

“Monika subsequently struck her head on the shoulder of the roadway. Cape Vincent Ambulance transported Monika to Samaritan Medical Center’s Emergency Room where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased.”

WWNY-TV in Carthage, New York, reported the highway the family was traveling on, State Route 12E, was temporarily closed following the accident, which is still under investigation.

The late pediatrician was described as “well-respected” by the Post.

According to a medical profile that belonged to Woroniecka from Long Island’s Stony Brook Medical, the late doctor had been practicing for decades and specialized in the field of pediatric allergy and immunology.

“Dr. Woroniecka likes to travel, hike, exercise, and spend time with family and friends,” her biography on the Stony Brook Medicine website states.

One of Woroniecka’s neighbors on Long Island expressed shock and grief when discussing the accident with the Post.

“They were going upstate to watch the solar eclipse,” said a woman identified only as “Maria.”

“My husband saw them right before they left,” she added. “He happened to talk to them, and [Woroniecka’s husband] Robert [said] they were going up with their daughter to see the total eclipse.”

According to the neighbor, Woroniecka shared three daughters with her husband.

Maria also said the family had just purchased the Airstream trailer and had been planning to take trips with it – including a trip to Arizona for a daughter’s wedding.

According to the Post, it is illegal in the state to ride in a travel trailer such as the one the family was towing when Woroniecka was killed.


This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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