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Car Trouble Not Likely in Thruway Death

Police investigate possibility of suicide

The case of a 50-year-old Thiells man who pulled his pickup truck off to the side of the Thruway in Nyack Monday morning, jumped in front of a truck is still under investigation, state police said Tuesday morning.

The victim has been identified as Robert Mahoney. The truck driver received no injuries, and has not been charged.

Police are not sure whether the fatal collision was accidental or a suicide, said state police investigator Skyler King.

"We're investigating both theories," he said.

King noted authorities do not believe Mahoney was having car trouble. "We don't suspect that at this time," he said.

The incident occurred at about 10:50 a.m. halfway between exits 11 and 12. Northbound traffic was snarled as local and state authorities responded.

Chris April 24, 2012 at 03:26 PM
This is the third incident that I am aware of where someone walked in the path of a large truck on the NYS Thruway in Rockland County. All three individuals died as a result of the injuries. The last one I recall was in 2009 and it was a man from Nanuet named Eugene Longwell.
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) April 24, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Chris, thanks for the info. Here are some details on Eugene Longwell: http://www.lohud.com/VideoNetwork/49448094001/Traffic-Suicide
tom kelty April 24, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Well, I guess in accordance with those who think something needs to be done about the TZ bridge to prevent suicides...... we either have to stop trucks from going on the thruway or not allow cars..I am perplexed. hmm.
nyackagain April 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM
What an insensitive comment...

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