43-year-old Julian With got on the New York State Thruway going in the wrong direction last Friday and had a head-on collision with a group of people in a mini-van. With and a passenger in the mini-van died. So while looking for answers to his motivation for the clearly erratic behavior, WNYT dug up some things in his life;
With recently wrote on his facebook page that his wife had left him. Just hours before the crash, he was arrested by Bethlehem police for violating an order of protection in a domestic dispute. Add to that a post on his facebook page that said his mother had three months to live.
So, their conclusion is that his service in Iraq that drove him to the suicide.
“On one hand it could have been something very deliberate, another word a total loss of hope,” says Dr. Ferraioli.
On the other hand, he says it could have been a total disconnect with reality brought on by PTSD.
“Another possibility is trying to numb that pain with drugs or alcohol,” he explains.
The exact cause of the crash is still unknown.
The cause is still unknown, but you know as soon as someone mentioned that he was an Iraq War vet, in the news room there was a collective “oh, well, that explains it” murmur. Even though there are hundreds if not thousands of combat veterans driving on the New York Thruway right this moment and they’re all going with the traffic.
Thanks to Adirondack Patriot for the link.