[UPDATE] Woman Hit By Car in Nyack is 74

Authorities: no word yet on who was at fault

UPDATE (9:15 P.M., Thursday, Aug. 2) - A New City woman is being issued a traffic ticket for failure to yield to a pedestrian as a result of Tuesday's accident in which a 74-year-old Upper Nyack woman was struck and injured on South Broadway in Nyack. Click here to see the latest info on this story.

Police still do not know who was at fault—the motorist or the pedestrian—when a woman was Tuesday afternoon.

What authorities do know is that the victim, a 74-year-old from Upper Nyack, was left with serious injuries after the accident.

"She was thrown several feet, striking her head on the pavement when she landed," said Robert Ruggiero, a sergeant with . "She had some fairly serious lacerations to the head, and some broken bones."

Ruggiero added the woman remains in an area hospital's Intensive Care Unit, but is "expected to make a full recovery." 

"Her injuries are not life-threatening," he added.

Ruggiero said the woman was in the South Broadway crosswalk at the Burd Street intersection at 4:34 p.m. Tuesday when she was struck by a white 2009 Honda Pilot being driven by a 42-year-old woman from New City.

"We don't yet have findings for who is at fault," Ruggiero said. Police were slated to take measurements Wendesday afternoon, but could not due to the weather.

"The accident report should be ready in a couple of days," Ruggiero said.

Orangetown Police noted most accidents involving pedestrians in downtown Nyack are minor.

Edward Growney August 02, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Update:Beverly Motto is doing better; much to the relief of her family & friends. Kudos to her husband Bill for being so steadfast & literally by her side in time of need! To those writing speculative comments above you have effectively fed the rumormongers who don't take the time to get their facts straight. People were stopping into the Grace Thrift Shop & saying that they had "heard that she came out from between 2 cars" which was decidedly not the case. She was in the crosswalk. Perhaps, after having been hit by the speeding car & being thrown almost 30 feet it might have appeared to someone not familiar with the facts (or someone trafficing in nonsensical tangiential speculative reference-see above) that she had been elsewhere BUT THE FACT REMAINS THAT SHE WAS HIT BY A SPEEDING CAR WHILE SHE WAS WALKING IN THE CROSSWALK TRYING TO SAFELY CROSS THE STREET.
Helen August 03, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Wishing your Mom a speedy recovery, our thoughts are with your family
John Whitley August 03, 2012 at 01:53 AM
@ Mr Growney. If you read my original post when this story was reported on Tuesday, (not shown above), you would see that I took great care in pointing out the irresponsibility of many drivers who pass through our Village. My second post (shown above) was to show that the Village have failed to clearly mark and appropriately designate some of the pedestrian crossings. It was also intended to point out that SOME pedestrians clearly abuse the existence of the crossings. In NO WAY was it a criticism of Ms Motto (thank goodness she is going to make a full recovery). It is very sad that after 27 years here, you refer to me as a "newcomer like yourself" and suggest that I am irresponsible (41 years of driving with NO speeding tickets or moving violations). What debases your point even further is your egregious reference "Perhaps this was all the fault of Obama". SHAME on you for lowering the tone of the discourse and disrespecting the plight of Ms Motto. The sign of a TRUE loser? Someone who has to bring Obama (may he be a failure or not) into the conversation.
Laureen Motto Gallo August 03, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Thank you Chip... It is now known that she will be issued a summons for failure to yield to a pedestrian in the cross walk. My hope is that this driver, along with many others, will slow down and YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS in the crosswalk... I thank GOD that my mom had some very special Guardian Angels watching over her that day, and somehow cushioned her fall.... A very special THANK YOU to our first responders - Orangetown Police and the Nyack Volunteer Ambulance who were there in a matter of minutes.. and then the wonderful care she received once reaching the Trauma Center at Nyack Hospital. The compassion these men and women showed not only to my mom but my dad as well. It is very hard to sit there, waiting and wondering what is going on. It is also very very hard for a daughter, actually two of the three of us were there, to see their mom in the condition she was in, but also see the pain in their father's eyes... I don't wish that on anyone..
mike sullivan August 04, 2012 at 07:03 PM
ms.Gallo I am so glad to hear your mom is doing better,i do know the law.Didn't mean to get off target mike sullivan


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