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[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.

Lisa Larson-Kelley August 02, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Cars are supposed to stop for anyone in the crosswalk, no? Since she is 72, I highly doubt she was running into traffic. I'm sure the police are just doing their due diligence here, but it seems pretty clear who was at fault. Patch; perhaps a statement of the law here would be helpful to remind everyone of their obligations as they drive through the village.
mike sullivan August 02, 2012 at 11:20 AM
maybe the walkers need to know the rules,i almost hit a women yesterday as she just appeared from in between 2 parked cars.I honestly don't think she even looked,then looked at me like i did something wrong
John Whitley August 02, 2012 at 11:43 AM
I commented on the original article, complaining about the way drivers conduct themselves as they make their way through the Village. However, Mike Sullivan is correct. Two other parties share the blame. 1. The Village of Nyack. The road markings of some of the pedestrian crossings are so poor they are barely visible - makes you ask yourself "Is this a crosswalk or not"? Also, the placement of some of the crosswalks is glaringly inappropriate. When the step down onto the crosswalk for a pedestrian is virtually obstructed by legally parked cars, it makes the situation very dangerous. 2. Some blame CAN be placed on certain pedestrians. I have seen many just "dash out" onto the crosswalks, expecting traffic to stop for them without warning. I also frequently see pedestrians meandering across the street NOT in a crosswalk and actually giving drivers "the finger" when the traffic doesn't stop for them. Like the bad drivers, most of these pedestrians are either on their cellphone or texting. I hope that the pedestrian injured on Tuesday makes a speedy recovery. As a resident of the Nyacks for 27 years, for a LONG time I have been saying that the traffic situation would lead to a serious accident or fatality. Perhaps NOW the Village Board and the local police will sit up and take notice.
John Gray August 02, 2012 at 12:40 PM
She was using the crosswalk... case closed.
William Demarest (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Best wishes to the victim for a speedy recovery.
Mary Koshak August 02, 2012 at 01:23 PM
If she was in the crosswalk, she is not at fault. Hope that she is doing better and is able to get home soon.
Edward Growney August 02, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Exactly right!
Edward Growney August 02, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Exactly right!
Edward Growney August 02, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Exactly right!
Edward Growney August 02, 2012 at 03:33 PM
An appropriate response. Thanks for keeping it real!
Edward Growney August 02, 2012 at 03:37 PM
This pedestrian here in the situation was a 74 year old volunteer worker from the Grace Thrift Shop walking WITHIN THE CROSSWALK.......how does that have anything to do with someone "appearing from in between 2 parked cars"? Stick to the facts of this situation.
Edward Growney August 02, 2012 at 03:47 PM
When in doubt defer to the pedestrian. My mother was born in South Nyack 75 years ago & she too has seen many traffic pattern changes. Some probably caused by newcomers like yourself (I was born in Nyack hospital almost 56 years ago!) who are in a rush to get where they are going & ignore the rights of others &/or their own obligations to consider their potentially unsafe behavior & how it impacts others. A car is potentially deadly when improperly used. Your information above is interesting but has no bearing on this instance of a 74 year old volunteer Grace Church Thrift Shop worker crossing the street within the crosswalk--she was not "dashing" nor presenting a "finger" to the driver. Perhaps this was all the fault of Obama; as we are being told we accomplish nothing as individuals without the help of government. Focus on the facts of the case!
Laureen Motto Gallo August 02, 2012 at 04:36 PM
This pedestrian is my mom. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and well wishers. She is doing better and we hope for a full recovery. As for Mr. Sullivan, just so YOU are aware of the LAW, the pedestrian has the right of way - period! She was clearly in the crosswalk - walking. My mother walks every day and is very careful. Seeing her fly through the air is an image that will take my dad a LONG time to erase from his mind, if he can. People are always in a rush - maybe if we all slow down a little horrific accidents like this can be avoided...
Lisa Larson-Kelley August 02, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Sending positive thoughts to your mom and your whole family. Hope she is home and fully recovered soon.
Alan D. August 02, 2012 at 04:48 PM
"Authorities: no word yet on who was at fault" urr... how about the Traffic Yield to Pedestrians road signs? It is the driver's fault.
DLS August 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
While pedestrians do have right of way in the crosswalk, and cars are often at fault here in Nyack for not yielding when a pedestrian is completely in the crosswalk, there are many situations that occur that can result in "accidents." Sometimes pedestrians are standing at the crosswalk (on the curb) and never intending to cross. Sometimes they are on their cell phones (obviously not the case in this situation). They just dash across the street without looking and a car is literally upon them. Many different scenarios can take place. I DRIVE VERY SLOW AND CAUTIOUSLY THROUGH THE ENTIRE NYACK AREA, and I have found that you can still be surprised by the occasional pedestrian. Again, crosswalks are not placed very well in some of the downtown locations, they are not painted, they are on angle in some cases (and to someone that may not be familiar that can be extremely hazardous). Also, you don't need to have been born at Nyack Hospital to make you a better Nyack resident. That statement is ridiculous. Many of us are a result of generations of Nyackers & Rockland County rooted folks. Let's not get personal about this. This was a horrific accident that should be a learning point for all. Again, be aware that there are many different folks walking about the streets, let's get on our village to paint those crosswalks and wish the victim here a speedy recovery. I'm sure the person that hit her is also feeling pretty lousy.
Edward Growney August 02, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Laureen, Good news to hear about your mother recovering! I heard from my mother because the initial report as generated fit her description as well & I kept calling until I reached her! Sadly, she informed me what I had suspected--it was one of the wonderful volunteer workers at Grace Thrift Shop in Nyack;your mother! The ladies that give their time to the Grace Thrift Shop are an underrecognized asset within the community. They literally raise thousands of dollars that they give to other local charitable groups to keep their missions operating; usually providing for those less fortunate who live in the community. You would think that people would be more considerate of our "elders" as they walk across the street legally within the crosswalk; but you would think wrong based on some of the other comments I've seen & responded to here. God Bless you & your family! We (the entire Growney family) wish your mom a speedy & full recovery! That must have been a truly frightening vision for your father to have witnessed.
Edward Growney August 02, 2012 at 05:28 PM
You were the one who made the initial comment about your Nyack longevity as if it had some importance--I simply trumped you; & so now it is ridiculous! So are your comments which deviate so far from the facts of this incident as to be ludicrous!
Edward Growney August 02, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Exactly right!
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 08:35 PM
& in my thoughts, as well. I was relieved when Sgt. Ruggiero told me she is expected to make a full recovery.
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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