Barbara Tocci was killed when a PSEG utility truck crossed the center line of the highway in Flanders, NY striking Tocci’s SUV head-on. The 54 year-old truck driver had been carrying on “an extended text message conversation with his girlfriend” in the time leading up to the crash, according to prosecutors.
Barbara Tocci was one of seven children, born on Feb. 23, 1966 in Riverhead, NY to Philip Tocci Sr. and Hope Harden.
Tocci was a graduate of Riverhead High School and worked as a title examiner at SCTIC Inc. in Riverhead.
She enjoyed boating and spending time with her soul-mate Kent in their little corner of paradise in upstate Brantingham, N.Y. said her sister, Susan Tocci.
“She had a smile that lit up the room. Everyone loved Barbara. She was the one who was always taking care of everyone. She was the most giving, loving person,” Susan said.
Paul Tocci said his sister was a diligent worker and just a great person who never complained. “She was great, always funny, always laughing. She always did that extra thing for everyone,” he said, adding that on their birthdays, she always called the local radio station to have their names announced on-air.
In addition to her parents, siblings and partner of 21 years, Barbara is survived by two sons, five grandchildren and many additional family members.
Barbara’s family erected this no texting and driving sign along the highway where Barbara’s crash occurred.