BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Snyder woman is dead after falling from the passenger side of a tow truck on I-90 Monday night.
New York State police were seen on I-90 eastbound near the I-290 interchange around 8:15 p.m. There, they found Gabriel Turner, 32, dead on the shoulder of the highway.
“Preliminary investigation determined that Turner exited the vehicle from the passenger side while the vehicle was in motion,” police said.
The right lane in that area was closed and the scene wasn’t cleared up until just before 1 a.m.
Officials noted that the driver in this incident was a 34-year-old man from Buffalo. He and Turner were known to each other, and the driver was among those who called 911, officials said.
Trooper James O’Callaghan said no charges have been filed in connection to the incident.
Turner’s older sister, Jaqlene Bullock, told News 4 that Turner was trying to get out of an abusive relationship and that she was excited for the future. She said Turner loved life and her 10-year-old son too much to ever consider jumping out of a moving vehicle.
“The story just didn’t seem right. It still does not seem right to any of us — this is not something she would have ever done,” Bullock said. “She wouldn’t just jump out or fall out of a truck. That’s just not something that she would have done. We know the person she was with is not someone she should have been with. She was trying to get away from him, she did not want to be with him.”
O’Callaghan called an incident of this sort “rare,” and said the investigation remains ongoing.
“Why did this happen? Was it a suicide? Was it intentional? Was she a victim of a crime? We have to look at all the stuff with the evidence that we have,” O’Callaghan said, urging anyone who may know anything about the incident to contact police.
As the investigation continues into the circumstances of why and how she exited of the truck, Turner’s body has been taken to ECMC for an autopsy.
Turner leaves behind several brothers, her sister and her son.
Anyone with information that could help police learn more can call (585) 344-6200.