State police are seeking the public's help in finding the driver who
struck and killed a tow-truck operator assisting with a disabled vehicle
on I-95 north this morning.State Police said the tow-truck
operator, 32-year-old Salvatore Brescia, was out of his flatbed truck,
tending to a disabled minivan, when he was hit by another car at 6:53
a.m. The driver who struck him left the scene.
operator was attempting to get into the passenger side door of the tow
truck, which was locked, at the time of the impact, Investigator Joseph
Becerra said. He heard the collision, went around the truck and saw
Brescia lying in the road. A passer-by also stopped immediately to try
to assist, Becerra said.
John Finaro said Brescia was alive but had sustained "very serious
injuries" when he was transported to the hospital. He was pronounced
dead about 8:15 a.m. Vincent Service Station in Mamaroneck handles service calls on Interstate 95. A man who answered the phone
there confirmed that one of the company's drivers had been killed in
the accident, but deferred other questions to the station's owner, who
he said was in Florida and unavailable.
Police said Brescia was from Yonkers; however, his social media profile on Facebook indicates he had been living in Stamford, Connecticut. An online registry indicates he was planning a marriage for July.