Debra Whiting, the co-owner of an upstate New York winery, has died after a car accident on the New York State Thruway near Montezuma, NY. Her husband was reportedly driving the vehicle at the time of the accident. State Troopers reported that 47-year-old David Whiting of Hector was moving into the passing lane when his car collided with another car, ran off the highway, rolled over and hit a tree in the Cayuga County at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Thursday.
Debra Whiting, fifty-two years old, was flown to a local hospital, where she later died. Her husband was treated for cuts. The other car also ran off the road and overturned. That driver was not reported injured, but his passenger was also treated for cuts.
Mrs. Whiting had opened the Red Newt Winery and Bistro in 1998. She was a chef recently filmed for an episode of the reality show “Chopped.”
In the event that this car accident results in a lawsuit, the attorney for the Whitings will likely have to contend with the defendant’s claims that it was Mr. Whiting’s own negligence that caused the accident.
Crash in upstate NY leaves Finger Lakes chef dead, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, July 1, 2011.