A Westchester city road worker who had his “dream job” was killed when a senior man driving his car crashed into a project site on Tuesday, officials said.
The city of Yorktown is mourning the loss of Jake Arcara, a 28-year-old who was engaged to the love of his life, city warden Matt Slater told The Post.
The accident happened while highway workers were stationed at a drainage project in the Upper Westchester community. The victim was hit by a vehicle and taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead, officials said.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Slater said Arcara’s connection to the city runs deep. He graduated from a local high school and began working for the city in 2019.
“He was a longtime member of our community who landed his dream job in the Yorktown Highway Authority,” Slater said. “Has his whole life ahead of him, engaged to a wonderful man.
“He was incredibly popular, he was hugely popular in the freeway department, incredible work ethic, incredible attitude and had his whole life ahead of him. It’s just surreal that we’re going through this.”
Slater, the city’s police chief and highway chief, broke the news of her son’s death to Arcara’s mother. He then contacted the supervisor of a neighboring town to locate his fiancée, who worked there, “because she was going to have the worst day of her life,” Slater said solemnly.
Slater noted that the senior who allegedly caused the accident is also a longtime member of the community.
“The reality is that this was a real tragedy,” Slater said.
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