Pedestrian Killed by Car that Plunged Down Embankment in Hastings

Mario Moreno, 39, was working when the car struck him on Friday.

A driver who apparently lost control while trying to navigate a curve in the road in Hastings-on-Hudson on Friday afternoon struck and killed a pedestrian when his vehicle plowed through a fence and according to reports that Hastings Police Sgt. Andy Hayden cited as accurate.

Reports have named the victim as Mario Moreno, 39, of The Bronx. Moreno was a handyman for Riverview catering hall on Warburton Ave. and was preparing for an evening event when the accident occurred, according to reports Sgt. Hayden cited as accurate. He reportedly worked for Riverview for 15 years. 

Sgt. Hayden said the accident occurred around 2:15 p.m. Emergency responders and police from Yonkers assisted at the scene where Moreno was reportedly found with his leg severed below the knee. The victim went into cardiac arrest before being transported to St. John's Riverside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to reports Sgt. Andy Hayden cited as accurate. 

The car, described as a black Ford sedan, landed yards away from the Metro North Commuter Railroad Hudson Line tracks. Reports say the car had Connecticut license plates. The driver's identity has not been released; he was the sole passenger. 

"The driver was interviewed by detectives and is being cooperative," Sgt. Hayden told Patch.

The cause of the accident is not yet known and remains under investigation. "Everything is under investigation. Nothing has been ruled out," Sgt. Hayden told Patch. 

The incident created delays for Hudson Lines trains passing through the Yonkers-Hastings border. Trains were able to inch through, but were stopping briefly as a safety precaution.

Karen Chapman December 03, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I live a few doors down from the catering hall. Cars speed down that stretch of road constantly. On occasion a Hastings patrol car is set up a bit north of there with radar, but in my opinion the Yonkers police needs to do more to patrol speeders in that area - the catering hall is literally right on the border between Hastings and Yonkers.
Karen Chapman December 03, 2012 at 05:57 PM
My condolences as well to Mr. Moreno's family. And I hope the driver of the 'black sedan' is charged appropriately, not that it will bring Mr. Moreno back to this family.
Rob December 03, 2012 at 10:25 PM
This is horrible and my condolences to Mr. Moreno's loved ones. I wonder whether this was truly an "accident", where nobody was at fault? A person driving a car above the speed limit or while distracted is acting with reckless disregard for other people. I hope the Hastings-on-Hudson police officers are able to determine whether the driver was speeding or was distracted by a phone call or something similar. If so, the driver should be charged appropriately. New York State has passed new laws to protect people from reckless drivers. Here's some information on them: http://www.tstc.org/issues/vulnerable_users.php
Karen Chapman December 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I totally agree with you, Rob. To the editors: any update on this story? Any charges against the driver?


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