Family of man killed in Route 9W hit-and-run advocates for sidewalks, crosswalks, better lighting

It's been one week since a 75-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run on Route 9W in Haverstraw. His family now says they hope to save others from a similar fate on the dangerous roadway.

News 12 Staff

Dec 2, 2021, 10:35 PM

Updated 935 days ago

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It's been one week since a 75-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run on Route 9W in Haverstraw. His family now says they hope to save others from a similar fate on the dangerous roadway.
The driver was eventually caught thanks to surveillance footage from a nearby business.
"Chaotic to say the least," says Gina Valvo, of CV Plumbing & Heating.
Valvo, whose family business has been on the corner where it happened for 19 years, says people regularly walk in the road despite how dangerous it is.
"It definitely is unsafe to be walking on that side," says Valvo.
News 12 spotted two people doing so in just the short time the crew was there Thursday, including one who took a seat just steps away from where Germosen was killed.
"There needs to be a sidewalk, a crosswalk, something needs to be done. It's not the first accident that's happened there," says Malinda Germosen, the victim's niece.
The victim's family is now advocating for sidewalks, crosswalks and better lighting on this stretch of road. Any changes to Route 9W wouldn't come easy, however, as they'd have to come from the state.
The state DOT told News 12 in a statement, "Pedestrian safety is always a top priority of the New York State Department of Transportation and we would review any request from local officials to study conditions at a specific location. As the incident along Route 9W is the subject of a police investigation, we cannot comment further."


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