FLUSHING, NY (PIX11)—Courtney Rey Ahlsen of Greenlawn, Long Island drove her pick-up truck to the eastbound service road of the Long Island Expressway in Flushing, Queens Monday. She parked near 150th Street and carried a homemade poster to the fence. It read, “In Memory of John Rey .Drive Safely.” John Rey was her father, and a year ago, as the July 4th weekend was ending, a “wrong way” drunk driver smashed into John Rey’s airport shuttle van at this site. Rey slid out of the van right before it exploded.
The 64-year-old Rey suffered catastrophic injuries, but he battled for his life for sixteen days at New York Hospital-Flushing. His older daughter, Colleen Rey Cassar, recalled, “It was a crucifixion. His abdomen was open, his chest was crushed, his leg was destroyed.” Three days after doctors amputated Rey’s right leg because of severe infection, he died. …..MORE