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Pearl River Teen Thomas Argenti Killed in Motor Vehicle Collision

Thomas Argenti, 18, of Pearl River was pronounced dead at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday night after being struck by a motor vehicle shortly after leaving the New Jersey Devils Game at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

Newark Police and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office are investigating the fatal motor vehicle collision that took the life of Thomas Argenti, 18, of Pearl River late Tuesday night.

According to police, Argenti was struck by a car near East Kinney and McCarter Highway at approximately 10:30 p.m. after leaving the New Jersey Devils' hockey game at the Prudential Center. He was pronounced dead at approximately 11 p.m.

Argenti was a 2012 graduate of Pearl River High School and a student at Rockland Community College. 

"Everybody you talk to about Tommy will tell you he was a perfect gentleman," Pearl River High School Principal William Furdon said. "A great kid. A kid that achieved a lot. He would do anything for anybody in the school.

"It is with great sadness that I report to you that Class of 2012 graduate, Thomas Argenti, passed away last night as a result of a being struck by a car," said Pearl River Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Morgano in a statement to to the district. "Bill Furdon has been in touch with the family, and the high school counselors have been meeting with students to comfort them. Thomas played football and lacrosse for the Pirates. I am sure that many of you who had Thomas in class or knew him through extra-curricular activities, remember him fondly. I know that you all join me in keeping Thomas and his family in your thoughts and prayers."

According to police, the 28-year-old driver of the vehicle that hit Argenti remained at the scene. No charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing. 

Furdon said there will be a moment of silence at Pearl River's boys basketball game 5 p.m. today. Argenti played football and boys lacrosse at Pearl River.

"The kids may do things to remember him this spring," Furdon said. "We met with the seniors on the football team and the lacross team to talk through it."

Joan Gorman Piering February 14, 2013 at 02:30 AM
TO the Argenti family, My heart aches for you at the loss of your son Tommy. He was a fine young man and a good friend of my grandson Thomas. He was liked by every one he came in contact with. I will remember Tommy and your family in my prayers. Sincerely, Joan Gorman Piering
Helen February 14, 2013 at 03:29 AM
I graduated with Tommy & even though I didn't know him very well, I highly respected him. He brought a smile to everyone's faces. Pearl River has lost a truly wonderful person. May he watch over us & rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the Argenti family & those close to him.
Jeff M. February 14, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Having coached Tommy in the sport of football for 4 years, I was blessed to watch a happy-go-lucky, carefree yet respectful boy grow into a kind-hearted, tough young man. He was a friend to many, a brother to his teammates, and a wonderful human being. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Andrea Hall February 15, 2013 at 04:20 PM
My daughter who attends Quinnipiac University met Tommy lat summer when he came to visit his friend Liz who is her roommate and the entire floor got to meet this wonderful person. They are all distraught by this tragic incident. The kids in the building had adopted Tommy as one of their own and he will be dearly missed. My prayers to the family and friends.
mike February 15, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Tommy is my cousin and im still in shock as are whole family is...love you bro..you will forever be missed.. Mike

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