Police Probe Cyclist's Death; Victim Had 2 Daughters

Woman was hit by a car, killed in Upper Grandview Sunday

are continuing to investigate an accident that in Upper Grandview last Sunday, officials told Patch Wednesday morning.

53-year old Pomona resident Janet Martinez was riding along the winding road at about 2 p.m. when she was struck by a sedan being driven by Denise Patawaran, a 25-year-old from nearby Sparkill.

Patawaran has had no charges filed against her, officials said.

Now, police are seeking witnesses and working to determine what caused the accident—and who may have been at fault.

Police said Martinez was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. She was not carrying identification, however, and police struggled to contact her kin.

Martinez was transported to and died shortly after the accident.

According to Martinez's obituary, she is survived by her daughters Kristina Curti and Jesica Laregui, who live with their families in Valley Cottage and Nyack, respectively. She also has a grandson, Preston Curti.

Martinez worked for over three decades in the Supreme Court's Appellate Division in Manhattan, and "loved the outdoors," the obituary reads.

Martinez's funeral will be held Friday, June 15 at 11 a.m. at Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship (384 New Hempstead Rd., New City.)

Visiting hours are being held Thursday at Gracepoint from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Police have talked with bicyclists who were in the area when the incident occurred; they noted that, to the best of their knowledge, Martinez was not riding with a group.

Neighboring authorities, like and , have noted bicyclists and motorists at odds is nothing new; read Patch's investigation of the issue from last summer .

In Patch's comment stream, a number of readers and residents weighed in on the dangers of biking along 9W.

"9W should ban cycling," one user wrote. "There are alternatives such as River Road, Route 340 and Closter Dock Road. If the bike route were altered and there better signage indicating cyclists, maybe we could make it safer, for both cyclists and motorists."

Dzeldaz August 24, 2012 at 04:28 AM
There is no more room for a car when cyclists ride illegally and/or as if they own the road. Let them ride on bike paths rather than endanger themselves and drivers with their lack of concern. Those that care not for all users of the road can exercise out of danger's way. Having sudden movements by cyclists does not mean those in a motor vehicle are not driving defensively. Careless cyclists are offensive.
Dzeldaz August 24, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Honking a horn is appropriate in a dangerous situation; and too many cyclists create those situations. What right does a cyclist have to motion a car to pass when the situation may not be safe. The cyclist is not in the car and does not have the same field of vision. Inconsiderate cyclists who create dangerous situations deserve honking as does any vehicle creating a hazard.
Dzeldaz August 24, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Well written.
Dzeldaz August 24, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Bravo for a well-written response.
Dzeldaz August 24, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Not true. I have read this entire thread and read quite a few letters expressing sadness and condolences. I believe most of those writing and expressing anger and frustration (myself included) are doing so as a result of the unfortunate loss of life due to a cycling accident. Not everyone expresses their feelings in the same way. This entire thread, no matter a motorist or a cyclist, expresses concern for the safety of everyone on the road. We all grieve differently.


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