A student at a Westchester County private school was killed in a hit-and-run accident by an off-duty community worker who may have been intoxicated, police officers said Friday.
Christopher Jack “CJ” Hackett, 16, a student with Archbishop Stepinac, was riding a scooter on McLean Avenue in Yonkers on Wednesday when he was hit by a truck being driven by a Department of Public Works worker, the Department of Public Works said Yonkers Police Department.
Stephen Dolan, 46, hit the scooter head-on while driving a 2004 Chevy Express eastbound, police said. Hackett was driving the scooter westbound in the east lane, police said.
According to a press release, the student died in hospital a day later, surrounded by his family.
Yonkers police identified Dolan from surveillance footage 36 hours after the crash and charged him with leaving the scene of the accident, which resulted in the death — with possible additional charges, the press release said.
“Investigators assume that DOLAN consumed alcohol before the accident and was under the influence of intoxicants,” the statement said.
Stepinac, a boys-only Catholic school in White Plains, held a prayer service Friday and will provide counselors for grieving students.
“Mr. Russo, CJ’s counselor, put it best today, ‘CJ is a great kid with a great heart. Always stood up for others,'” the school said in a Facebook post announcing Hackett’s death .
“We know many of his classmates are struggling with their grief as they share the same feelings Mr. Russo has when reflecting on the impact of CJ’s life.”
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano offered his condolences to Hackett’s family and friends.
“This young man’s life was cut short in a tragic and senseless way,” Spano said. “As for the accused driver, who is a city employee, the police department is conducting a full and fair investigation so that the district attorney can hold him fully accountable under the law.”
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