A student at a Westchester County private school was killed in a hit-and-run crash by an off-duty municipal worker who may have been drunk, cops said Friday.
Christopher Jack “CJ” Hackett, 16, a student at Archbishop Stepinac, was riding a scooter Wednesday on McLean Avenue in Yonkers when he was hit by a cargo van driven by a Department of Public Works employee, the Yonkers Police Department said.
Stephen Dolan, 46, plowed into the scooter head-on while driving a 2004 Chevy Express eastbound, police said. Hackett was riding the scooter westbound in the eastbound lane, police said.
The student died in the hospital surrounded by family a day later, according to a news release.
Yonkers cops used surveillance footage to identify Dolan 36 hours after the crash and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death – with additional charges possible, the release said.
“Investigators believe that DOLAN was consuming alcohol before the accident and was under the influence of intoxicants,” the release said.
Stepinac, an all-boys Catholic school in White Plains, held a prayer service Friday and will make counselors available for grieving students.
“Mr. Russo, CJ’s counselor, said it best today: ‘CJ’s a great kid with an awesome heart. Always went out of his way for others,’” the school said in a Facebook post announcing Hackett’s death.
“We know that many of his classmates are struggling in their grief as they share the same sentiments as Mr. Russo in reflecting upon the impact of CJ’s life.”
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano offered condolences to Hackett’s family and friends.
“This young man’s life was tragically and senselessly cut short,” 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.”