Yonkers Police Department Investigate Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident; 16-Year-Old Archbishop Stepinac High School Student Killed; Suspect Stephen Dolan in Custody!

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Yonkers Police Make Arrest in Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident of Local High School Student

Yonkers DPW Worker Under Arrest Stephen Dolan.

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YONKERS, NY — August 5, 2022 — On Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022, at approximately 12:20 AM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the 600 block of McLean Avenue on a report of a scooter operator having been struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival First Responders located a male youth down on the ground with severe head injuries; he was transported to a local area trauma center in critical condition. The vehicle that struck the youth fled the scene. Police cordoned off the area and initiated accident and criminal investigations.

Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit, and accident investigators from the Traffic Unit, responded to the scene and interviewed subjects and witnesses, recovered surveillance video, processed forensic evidence, and reconstructed the accident dynamics. Investigation yielded that the youth, a 16-year-old resident of Yonkers, was operating an electric scooter west on McLean Avenue in the eastbound lane; when, opposite the shopping center at 660 McLean Avenue, just east of Cricklewood North, he was struck head-on by a cargo van traveling east in the eastbound lane; the van then fled the scene and a witness called 9-1-1.

Over the next 36 hours detectives worked to successfully locate the van and identify the operator; he was placed into custody without incident and the vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet Express, was impounded as evidence. The operator is identified as Stephen DOLAN, a 46-year-old resident of Yonkers and City of Yonkers Department of Public Works employee. Investigators believe that DOLAN was consuming alcohol before the accident and was under the influence of intoxicants.

The victim, identified as Christopher Jack “CJ” Hackett, passed away yesterday morning in the presence of family; he was a student at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains.

Mayor Mike Spano stated, “Our hearts go out to Christopher Hackett’s family and to his friends. This young man’s life was tragically and senselessly cut short. 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.”

Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza stated, “The Yonkers Police Department extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Christopher Hackett; there are no words that can assuage the grief of losing a child. Our investigation has led to the identity and arrest of the accused driver who must now face the consequences of his actions in a court of law.”

Stephen DOLAN was arrested and booked on the charge of Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident – Injury Resulting in Death, a Class D Felony in the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law; he was lodged overnight in the Yonkers City Jail and is expected to be arraigned today in Yonkers Criminal Court; additional crimes may be charged as the investigation is enhanced. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Christopher Hackett and his school community.

NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

On Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022, at approximately 12:20 AM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the 600 block of McLean Avenue on a report of a scooter operator having been struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival First Responders located a male youth down on the ground with severe head injuries; he was transported to a local area trauma center in critical condition. The vehicle that struck the youth fled the scene. Police cordoned off the area and initiated accident and criminal investigations.

Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit, and accident investigators from the Traffic Unit, responded to the scene and interviewed subjects and witnesses, recovered surveillance video, processed forensic evidence, and reconstructed the accident dynamics. Investigation yielded that the youth, a 16-year-old resident of Yonkers, was operating an electric scooter west on McLean Avenue in the eastbound lane; when, opposite the shopping center at 660 McLean Avenue, just east of Cricklewood North, he was struck head-on by a cargo van traveling east in the eastbound lane; the van then fled the scene and a witness called 9-1-1.

Yonkers Police make arrest in fatal hit-and-run accident of local high school student

Yonkers, NY – On Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022, a approximately 12:20 AM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the 600 block of McLean Avenue on a report of a scooter operator having been struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival First Responders located a male youth down on the ground with severe head injuries; he was transported to a local area trauma center in critical condition. The vehicle that struck the youth fled the scene. Police
cordoned off the area and initiated accident and criminal investigations.

Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit, and accident investigators from the Traffic Unit, responded to the scene and interviewed subjects and witnesses, recovered surveillance video, processed forensic evidence, and reconstructed the accident dynamics. Investigation yielded that the youth, a 16-year-old resident of Yonkers, was operating an electric scooter west on McLean Avenue in the eastbound lane; when, opposite the shopping center at 660 McLean Avenue, just east of Cricklewood North, he was struck head-on by a cargo van traveling east in the eastbound lane; the van then fled the scene and a witness called 9-1-1.

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  1. Although some of you may not own up to the fact that you all have at one time
    Or another have driven impaired or drunk cause your all a bunch of cowards as tragic as this is . A good man made a bad decision and yes he is a good man a friend a father helpful loyal giving and helpful and has not been in trouble before . I am not trying to down play the seriousness of this situation .
    But what I am going to say is this why does Yonkers have a street full of bars shouldn’t they bear some responsibility here and why was this kid out so late parents do t know where they live on a street surrounded by bars and drunks and there’s a sidewalk that kid should have been I. And why don’t the police bear some responsibility here about not enforcing the rules scooters and other recreational motor vehicular I was recently in Yonkers and there’s mini bikes and dirt bikes guada scooters everywhere in packs and they do nothing

    So before you hang a man who made a mistake that any of you could make
    I know this man he’s a brother to me
    A friend to many not a monster it was a tragedy for sure and trust me he feels this deeper then all of you who will forget poor cj
    In a matter of weeks Steve will not his family will not his friends will not I will not
    Steve will do his time and I am sure need lots of prayers and help to get through this but he WILL FEEL THiS PAIN forever
    This I know about this man

    So now you can all try
    To rip me apart but he’s my friend and I will stand by him to the end but know this
    My heart goes out
    To cjs parents family and
    Loved ones I am a father of a 17 year old and yes if it were my son I’d be of the wall but I have lived a life and know …people make mistakes

  2. the defendant is being held on a D Felony….If the investigation reveals that he was acting recklessly (and that would be automatic if he was indeed intoxicated) then the charges will no doubt be increased to recklessly causing a death….Keep in mind that the young man on the scooter was apparently going in the opposite direction of the traffic in the lane he was in….which may bear on the culpability of the driver…

  3. Remembering when Mayor Spano’s Comms Director Akeem Jamal was also drunk driving and severely injured another driver in a wrong way crash and everyone in the cabal welcomed him back two months later with no admission or acknowledgement of what he had done. Right back to collecting a nearly 6 figure paycheck on the public’s dime.

    The friends and family network in the City of Yonkers operates with impunity. They believe they’re above the law. In their defense, why shouldn’t they? These incidents, which are disqualifying for employment in the real world are regularly covered up here unless it results in tragedies they can’t sweep under the rug like these. A fish rots from its head, I hope the powers that be can realize they are complicit in this behavior. Sending prayer and lots of love to the family of the victim.

    1. When leaders are not leading OR are misguided the troops fall apart. (i.e Akeem was given a free pass… the tone is always set at the top).

      Mayor Spano, Akeem should have been fired, but it was covered up. If you set a Zero tolerance for driving with alcohol for all City workers and punished wrong doing, CJ might be alive! Shameful!! What’s next?

  4. This is truly tragic for the Stepinac student who died and his family. Drinking and driving is a curse. In the event the city worker gets a light sentence it won’t matter for him. He’ll be haunted and tormented till his last breathe. In the end you’re conscience will always get you.

  5. Typically City of Yonkers the city of gracious living were workers are hired through nepotism and who you know ass kissers. I guess because who this killer parents are will get a slap on the wrist. Shame on you Yonkers be better.

  6. Absolute travesty that this is all he is being charged with. Why is he not being charged with a Crime under the CPL and instead only a VTL infraction which will surely be reduced to no jail time. Perhaps certain people want this to remain in Yonkers City Court….

    1. The CPL ( NYS Criminal Procedure Law) is as the name implies are used for criminal procedures and are not chargeable criminal offenses. The NYS Penal Law contains the chargeable crimes.

    1. A reader noted a bar that serves DPW and Firefighters. Perhaps even YPD which they did not mention. Would you advise the name of the establishment and any other info you are familiar with. Direct your email that is secure to iHezi18@proton.me. Once received it will be expunged. TKU, Hezi

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