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SECOND HIT & RUN TRAGEDY ON 9A HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR SIDEWALKS
Release Date: March 03, 2008
Last week I wrote to the State DOT urging sidewalks on 9A. about a month ago there was a pedestrian fatality on 9A. Today, the Journal News published the following article indicating that there was another hit and run fatality at a different section of Route 9A. I am planning to urge the State Department of Transportation to take another look at the need for sidewalks on 9A. I will also be asking the Greenburgh police dept to make recommendations as to ways we can increase pedestrian safety on this street. 2 fatalities within weeks is totally unacceptable.
FROM JOURNAL NEWS...
The son of a 51-year-old man killed in a suspected hit-and-run along Route 9A in Greenburgh said today his father was a hardworking immigrant who left his native Ecuador to seek a better future for his family.
“He was good father and he worked very hard to help his family,” said Peter Saca of Elmsford of his father, Manuel Guaman Saca. He said his father came to the U.S. two years ago, leaving behind a wife and four other children. “He had no vices. I hope the police are able to catch the person responsible for his death.”
His father's body was found in the snow along Route 9A about 8:40 yesterday morning, though it is unclear when his death occurred.
A truck driver heading north saw Saca about 10 feet from the road near Hunter Lane, Greenburgh Lt. Desmond Martin said.
He suffered blunt trauma, but the county medical examiner had not yet determined a cause of death.
Peter Saca said his father, who lived in an apartment nearby, was walking to work at a production facility off Hunter Lane when he was killed.
The stretch of road near where Saca was found has no sidewalks.
Nonetheless, people still walk along the busy state route, said Bob Yapchanyk, an employee of nearby Safe Haven Self Storage.
"I see a lot of people walking up and down here," Yapchanyk said. "It isn't a good place for walking."
Route 9A is also known as Saw Mill River Road. Its intersection with Hunter Lane has a bus stop.
There's also a Westy self storage business across the street.
Just to the south of Hunter Lane is a shopping center that houses a Goodwill store and a Princeton Ski Shop.
A manager at the Goodwill store, who didn't want to give his name, said after coming to work yesterday morning, he saw police arrive and investigate a wooded area just north of his business.
Police said a blue vehicle might have been involved, based on evidence found at the scene.
The vehicle might have sustained front end damage as a result of hitting the victim, police said.
Police ask that anyone with information call 914-682-5331. All calls will be kept confidential.