Ellen Brody, 49, passed away after her SUV was involved in a train wreck with a Metro-North commuter train, at a Westchester County railroad crossing. NEW YORK – Ellen Schaeffer Brody, a Jewish mother of three from Scarsdale, was identified as the driver of the SUV that caused a deadly Metro-North train. 'She's not a murderer': Daughter of SUV driver in Metro-North crash 3, , when year-old Ellen Schaeffer Brody mistakenly drove onto. Ellen Schaeffer Brody was the mother of three that was killed when her vehicle was struck by a Metro North train near White Plains yesterday. The train. The head of the National Transportation Safety Board believes the Edgemont woman identified as the cause of the Valhalla train crash didn't realize she had driven her car onto railroad tracks in the moments before her car was plowed by a Metro-North train, killing her and. Ellen Brody, S.U.V. Driver in Metro-North Crash, Is Mourned. Image. Mourners CreditFamily photo via Jeff Schaeffer, via Associated Press. The NTSB says Ellen Brody caused the deadliest crash in Metro North history, but her NTSB blames driver for fatal Metro-North Valhalla crash; husband lashes out ALAN BRODY:Why I fight for Ellen Schaeffer Brody. On the evening of February 3, , a commuter train on Metro-North Railroad's Harlem Line At the grade crossing, a sport utility vehicle (SUV) driven by Ellen Brody of . The parkway was still closed after 6 p.m., when a Mercedes- Benz ML SUV driven by Ellen Schaeffer Brody, 49, of Edgemont, went north on.