Friday Night Vigil Planned for Man Killed in Binghamton Crash
On Monday, April 24th, 47-year-old Ronald Richardson lost his life following a horrific accident on Main Street in Binghamton and tonight, the Binghamton area community is invited to attend a vigil in his memory.
According to the Binghamton Police Department, Richardson was killed after being struck by a vehicle which was driven by 36-year-old Jennifer Grenchus of Vestal. After he was hit, Richardson became trapped under the car and was dragged for several yards before the car stopped in the parking lot of Tom’s Coffee, Cards, and Gifts at 184 Main Street.
Once Grenchus' vehicle came to a stop, bystanders, police, and firefighters rushed to helped to flip the car over and free Richardson, but it was too late. Richardson was pronounced dead before he could receive medical attention.
According to Binghamton Police, Grenchus is suspected to have been "impaired by a drug or drugs" while behind the wheel and has been charged with a felony count of second-degree vehicular manslaughter.
Tom Kelleher, owner of Tom's Coffee, Cards and Gifts told WBNG, "It was our understanding that he doesn't have any family in the area and we thought that someone should do something for this poor person who lost his life in front of our store. So we decided that we would have a vigil here for him."
If you'd like to attend the vigil, it will be held at 5pm this evening outside Tom’s Coffee, Cards and Gifts at 184 Main Street in Binghamton.
The official church memorial service for Richardson will be held on Friday, May 5th at 6pm at the Cornerstone Community Church on East Main Street in Endicott. The memorial will be officiated by Senior Pastor, Reverend Dr. Gregg Johnson and will be open to the public.