The Carolla spun into the path of a minivan before coming to a stop. Porter, Robillard and Drury were all pronounced dead at the scene, according to the news release.
Ronald Porter suffered internal injuries and was taken to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where he was listed in stable condition later in the day. The driver of the minivan was treated at the scene and released, troopers said.
It was not immediately clear why Drury was driving the wrong way, but Syracuse.com reported that investigators were looking into a series of 911 calls in which dozens of motorists reported seeing at least part of what happened. Some reported seeing Drury get into a minor crash before leaving that scene and driving the wrong way in traffic.
He drove the wrong way for almost seven miles before the crash occurred, the news agency reported.
Brad Bangson, of West Monroe, said he was driving south when he saw Drury’s car coming toward him.
"As he got closer and closer, I drove at the guy to get his attention," Bangson told Syracuse.com. "I just wanted to get his attention. It didn't work. It didn't irritate him. It didn't phase him. He didn't change speed. It was like I wasn't there."
The news agency spoke to Louise Porter’s son, John Wallace, who said that his stepfather was attempting to pass a slower vehicle in the southbound lanes when Drury slammed into the couple’s vehicle.
"He never saw what was coming in front of him," Wallace said Monday night.
Wallace said that his stepfather cried as he talked in the hospital about the crash that killed his wife and sister-in-law. Family members are struggling to understand what happened.
"I'm sick to my stomach," Wallace told Syracuse.com. "I'm hurt. I'm angry. I can't even make sense out of it."
Linda Robillard’s daughter, Pam Chrisman, recalled getting the news from Wallace, her cousin. She learned of her mother’s death as she and her husband drove home from the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Syracuse, where her father is undergoing cancer treatment.
“I cried hysterically,” Chrisman said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Bangston also said he’s felt sick about the crash since it happened.
"I'm sick about the fact that I didn't turn around and chase him," he said about Drury. "But I couldn't have done any more than the police. There wasn't much I could do. I'm still very much bothered by it."