UPDATE: Pedestrian Death on Thruway May Have Been Suicide

Man killed between exits 11 and 12 in Central Nyack

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a truck on the Thruway in Central Nyack Monday morning at about 10:50 a.m., according to state police.

"The incident is still under investigation, but it appears he pulled over and stepped out in front of the truck," said state police Sgt. Kevin Flynn of the Tarrytown barracks.

The victim, who died instantly, has been identified as 50-year-old Robert Mahoney of Thiells.

State troopers and the Nyack Community Ambulance Corps. responded to the scene along with the Rockland County medical examiner.

Police noted suicide is a possibility, as Mahoney—who parked his pickup truck on the side of the road—just "ran out in front of the truck," Flynn said.

The driver of the truck received no injuries, and has not been charged.

The incident occurred about halfway between exits 11 and 12 at milemarker 18; north-bound traffic was snarled at around 11:30 a.m., with minor south-bound congestion due to rubbernecking.

Chris April 23, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Very sad. Everyone complains about bridge jumping because it puts the lives of others at risk for recovery. This poor man may have been suicidal but he tried to be considerate. Sadly, there are still a few people who are probably mentally scarred from this.
Walt April 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Considerate? What are you talking about? He could have killed scores of people by his actions. What if the truck veered into the next lane trying to avoid this guy? What if a school bus was in that lane? Now the truck driver has to live with this. Considerate? Anything but.
V. Furnari April 24, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Sorry in that state of mind he wasn't thinking about nothing but killing him self. Or he could have been ill and was just trying to get help.Panic sets in and you really don't think. Perhaps very despondent. I guess we will never know,and glad no one else was hurt. Sorry for the truck driver i'm sure he is sick over this.
Craig S. April 24, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Just a note for the editor: from your own photos - Congers-Valley Cottage Ambulance also responded as well as Rockland Paramedics Im sure,
maureen April 24, 2012 at 06:44 PM
This original "breaking news" story was headlined with ...pedestrian commits suicide...now it's "may have been suicide". Something so tragic should never be assumed. I'm sure there will be an investigation. Did the victim have a suicide note on him? No... Why couldn't this be a tragic accident? Did he run out of gas, or did he try to cross the road? Did he get confused, and then clipped by the truck? I am so upset that this was reported this way...It's tough enough on his family.


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