Sixth Squad detectives report the details of a fatal vehicle accident involving Port Washington's Peggy Gallagher that occurred on Thursday, June 19 at 1:39 p.m. in Roslyn Heights.
A mother of four children and wife of Dennis, Mrs. Gallagher (nee Congemi) was a long time Port resident, a graduate of Schreiber High School, a South Salem parent, a PTA Executive Board Member and a well-liked paraprofessional at Manorhaven School since 1987. Her son Mike is a teacher at Weber Middle School and a lacrosse coach.
According to detectives, 58-year-old Peggy Gallagher was operating her vehicle westbound on the Long Island Expressway when she pulled into the emergency breakdown lane (right shoulder) between exits 36 and 37. She walked to the front of the vehicle and without warning turned into the travel portion of the roadway, detectives said. Simultaneously, a tractor-trailer traveling westbound in the right lane being operated by a Connecticut man swerved into the middle lane in an effort to avoid striking her. The rear portion of the trailer struck her and she sustained head and chest trauma. She was transported from the scene by Nassau County Police Department ambulance to North Shore Hospital where she was pronounced deceased at 2:42 p.m. by hospital staff. A safety check was conducted at the scene and the truck was found to have no safety violations.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Geoffrey Gordon commented that Peggy Gallagher was known for her unwavering positive attitude. "She was a tremendous inspiration to the young children and her colleagues. She will be missed," he said.