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Grossane: D'Alessandro "Well-Liked and Respected"

The Levittown superintendent paid tribute to the deceased Division Avenue High School student; a memorial was set up along Hempstead Turnpike.

Levittown superintendent Dr. James Grossane paid tribute to Anthony D'Alessandro in an official statement released by the district Thursday.

The 16-year-old Division Avenue High School student was killed late Wednesday night after being struck by a car traveling westbound along Hempstead Turnpike.

Dr. Grossane praised D'Alessandro's spirit, calling him a popular figure among students and teachers alike.

"The Levittown School District administration and Board of Education would like to extend its deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Division Avenue High School sophomore Anthony D’Alessandro during this difficult time," Grossane said.

"Anthony was well-liked and respected by students throughout the school and thrived within the high school community. Staff and faculty enjoyed having him as a student due to his polite nature and outgoing character."

Grossane said that grief counselors will be available to students at Division and at Wisdom Lane Middle School when school reopens from spring break on April 16.

He also suggested to parents that they talk to their children about the dangers of crossing Hempstead Turnpike.

Students gathered at the spot where D'Alessandro was struck Wednesday and constructed a memorial in his memory.

D'Alessandro is the second Levittown high school student in as many years to be killed on Hempstead Turnpike. Nineteen-year-old Peter Thearle was killed at the intersection of Hempstead Turnpike and Gardiners Avenue last June.

Mac April 07, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Debra this was an accident I dont think that this woman intended to hit anyone when she left the house. If she was driving the speed limit or even slightly below this couldve happened. It is a misconception to think that 40mph cannot kill a pedestrian and the person must have been speeding. If she was turning off division ave and hit this boy it would not have left enough room for her to really pick up speecd greater than the limit. Yes I cross Hempstead turnpike walking almost everyday always at a crosswalk and never been close to getting hit and I am much slower than a teen. I am sorry you feel safer jaywaking at night then going to the crosswalk. This is the very thought I believe we should get out of our children's thinking. You shouldnt have to make a call because if you do the call should be stay put. Is the general public aware that if you do not cross at at crosswalk you must yield to the motorist? Lack of education and precaution often causes accidents. NOBODY deserves this not the boy, driver, family or friends a horrible accident. The new police centers should start outreach programs especially with the danger our children face daily.
Debbie Hickman Webb April 07, 2012 at 02:59 AM
The morning before this tragedy at 6:45 am, a DAHS student crossed before the light @ Div. & Hempsead Tpk. in front of east bound traffic making a left turn onto Division Ave. I thought he was definetly going to be hit. Fortunately, for him he wasn't. Why can Jericho have a crosswalk over the LIE, Wantagh students have a crosswalk over WSP, but here in Levittown our students, elderly and others have to cross the state's deadliest road without the same safety considerations? Don't we pay enough money in taxes or is our money and our citizens not important enough for these NY State and county legislators to ensure OUR safety? Think about that Dennis,Ed, Kemp and oh yeah, the governor.
mary April 09, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Anthony was a great kid with a big heart. He was rough around the edges but just sweet to his core. I taught him for one year and I will always remember his unique personality. As a mother, I could never imagine the pain his family is in. I will carry his memory close to me especially raising my children. All of our kids need to take care of each other and be there for one another during this difficult time. Stay tight with one another and always look out for one another!
Mac April 10, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I am confused on this one. Where was he walking? The eastbound lane making a left has a turn signal and the crosswalk sign indicates red on that side when the signal is green. Even so wouldn't the boy see cars turning? What you give s another example of poor judgement in crossing. Then you compare the LIE and WSP which have no liights or crosswalks to hemp trpk? I ask where would you put this bridge? Loring rd cRossing , shelter crossing the tpke, center crossing? They would need to put bridges over every crossing from the Seaford oyster bay to queens. A completely insane costly idea.
Long Islander January 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Detailed eyewitness report and reaction: http://treeskill.com/20120403accident.html

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