UPDATE: Theresa Juva has a good write-up at LoHud.com. Report says the driver of the car is from Harrison.
This afternoon around school pick-up time a 10 year old fourth grader from Midland school was struck by a car near the intersection of Midland Avenue and Palisade Road. Sources have told MyRye.com the driver was a woman from Greenwich. The boy was taken to the hospital and released, apparently without serious injury.
Jim Amico, whose son Jarrid Amico was killed in a traffic accident on Midland almost four years ago, was arrested at the scene after an altercation with the Rye Police Commissioner. He has since been released. Amico has been a vocal and fierce advocate for pedestrian safety in the years since the loss of his son. In March of 2008, a student was struck by a car on Old Post Road while on the way to school, sustaining a broken leg.
When Amico recently released his new web site http://stopforjarrid.org/, he told MyRye.com "(The purpose of the site is) To get Jarrid's story out there and hopefully save the life of someone else's child. Knowing the pain that a tragedy like this carries I don't want anyone to ever have to experience what myself and my family go through on a day to day basis."
In a vituperative email sent to local officials after the accident, Amico stated:
"BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS!
WELL, I HOPE YOU ARE ALL PROUD OF YOURSELVES!! today at approx. 3:05 a 10yr.old boy from Midland School was struck by oncoming traffic at the EXACT LOCATION/ INTERSECTION where our son Jarrid Amico was struck and killed 3 3/4 years ago!
Is it still your PATHETIC OPINION that a STOP SIGN would do more hurt than good?
Thank You for the trauma you have inflicted on my family for having to relive this TRAGIC NIGHTMARE!!!
My wife has been home from the hospital all of 24 hours after undergoing surgery to remove breast cancer and this is what she had to endure this afternoon."
Pedestrian safety was one of the initiatives new Rye Mayor Doug French mentioned last night in his State of the City address.