Looking into the back of a well-lit trailer, police tape can be seen across the crumpled hood of the blue station wagon Amy Stock was driving when a drunk driver ran a stop sign and crashed into it, ending the 48-year-old’s life.
On the inside of the trailer’s open doors are printed statistics on drunken driving, like how every day in the United States, 28 people die as a result.
A voicemail Stock left on the phone of her sister, Maureen Moore, on April 18, 2015, the day before the crash, can be heard. In it, the environmentalist and adjunct professor asks Moore what she was up to the next day.
“It’s supposed to be really hot, and I’m thinking about trying to be someplace where there’s water, at least for a little while,” Stock said in the message, which introduces a video tribute to Stock displayed on two TVs hanging above the mangled car.
Moore, who spoke at a press conference welcoming the Amy Stock Memorial Trailer to Saratoga County on Monday, said she hopes the traveling memorial will make people reconsider getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Kadeem Fowler, of Troy, was convicted last year for slamming his Dodge Charger into Stock’s car on Henry Johnson Boulevard in Albany. He was driving at 65 mph while intoxicated. A repeat DWI offender, he is now serving time in state prison.
Stock, who moved to Albany from Saratoga Springs three weeks before the fatal crash, taught courses at SUNY Empire State College, wrote grants for Capital Roots of Troy when it was called Capital Region Community Gardens, and founded Sustainable Saratoga.
“She was going back to school to get her Ph.D in education, so now she can still teach — without the student loan,” said Moore, one of Stock’s six siblings, during Monday's event inside a garage at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office in Milton.
Moore, of Glenville, said she provided emotional support and guidance to the memorial project’s main organizers: her sister, Eileen Anania, of Cooperstown, who coordinated with the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office on the memorial project, and her brother, Tom Stock, of Greenfield Center, who also spoke Monday. They started with Anania’s idea to do something meaningful with the wrecked car and were inspired by a similar project in Texas. A company called Medical Coaches in Oneonta that builds MRI machines for trailers built trailer around the car, and professional graphics, signs and window companies did the rest, Tom Stock said.
“We worked as a big team over the last year putting this thing together to make sure we could get it out there and get it in front of people to, you know, not just throw a car like this in the garbage, but use it as a teaching tool like Amy would,” he said.
The reminder not to drink and drive comes less than a week before St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and the timing was intentional, said Sheriff Michael Zurlo.
“We will be out in full force,” he said. “Hopefully, people see what happens when somebody drinks and drives and takes the life of a great person here, Amy Stock.”
In the week ahead, the memorial trailer will make stops at SUNY Empire State College, Skidmore College, the Saratoga Automobile Museum and three high schools: Mechanicville, Stillwater and Burnt-Hills-Ballston Lake.
Moore said her sister Amy had no kids of her own but was once a foster mother. Moore became emotional when she recalled how close Stock was with her nieces and nephews, including Moore's own twin sons, who are freshmen at Burnt-Hills-Ballston Lake.
“They have yet to see this, but they are eager for it to come to the school to make people aware so they don’t have to lose an aunt,” she said.