Levittown Teen Fatally Struck on Hempstead Turnpike

Peter Thearle was hit by two vehicles as he crossed the road.

A 19-year-old Levittown resident was fatally struck by two vehicles early Saturday morning as he attempted to cross Hempstead Turnpike, according to Nassau County Police.

Peter Thearle was walking across Hempstead Turnpike from the south side of Gardiners Avenue at 4:25 a.m. when a 2003 Dodge pickup truck hit him in eastbound right lane, police said. Thearle was then hit by a 2003 Saturn, which was traveling in the center lane of the eastbound side of Hempstead Turnpike.

According to police, Thearle was pronounced dead on the scene at 4:38 a.m. by an EMT from the Wantagh-Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Presently, detectives do not suspect “criminality."

Nicole Murphy June 04, 2011 at 09:56 PM
So sad, he was so young :( RIP Pete xo
Michael Domnitz June 05, 2011 at 03:36 AM
So deeply saddened by this horrific news. May God bless the Thearle family during this difficult time. Mike Domnitz
rodney June 05, 2011 at 04:57 AM
I'am so sorry for your loss. R.M
tj June 05, 2011 at 10:15 AM
This is horrible news...I cannot stress the importance of walking in the designated areas to cross...And even in those you should always be triple checking...Just takes 1 second
Donna donahue June 05, 2011 at 11:27 AM
A tragic loss to Peter Thearle's family and the Island Trees High School Family and community. A piece our hearts has just been ripped out. May you rest in peace and find happiness in heaven.
Nancy Fuentes June 05, 2011 at 02:08 PM
My heart go out to the Thearle's family no parent should have to go through a tragedy of having to lose your child under any circumstance. My family & me know and feel their pain, our son Spc. Daniel A. Fuentes graduated in 2005 from Island Trees High School and joined the Army right after. He was KIA in Iraq on April 6th 2007 age 19. God Bless this family they need our prayers, their whole world will for ever change because the family link has been broken but with the help and love of families, friends and community they will be strong but when the weak days come they will take baby steps everday. "Forever Young Peter rest in peace" The Fuentes Family
C June 05, 2011 at 02:54 PM
My deepest sympathy to the Thearle Family. My son was also struck trying to cross Hempstead Tpk. He survived but it was horrible. There are not enough places to cross safely. It is a terribly dangerous road. I can't imagine what they are going through. I hope they know that people care deeply about their loss.
Brenda Hinshaw June 05, 2011 at 11:43 PM
The thoughts & prayers of our family are with the Thearle Family. No parents should have to bury their child. Take comfort that Peter rests in in the arms of his Heavenly Father. God Bless. The Hinshaw Family
Shannon Kelly OGara June 06, 2011 at 01:40 AM
R.I.P Pete love and miss you.Prayers to the Threale Family!!
christine bruno June 06, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Our deepest sympathy to the Thearle family as we have known Peter since kindergarten. There are no words to comfort you at this time, just know that people here care and are praying for you that you will all find peace. We are deeply saddened and so sorry for your loss. May Peter rest in peace. The Fainer Family
Steve Wolf June 06, 2011 at 04:18 AM
God Bless you "Little Pete",I saw you hours before you passed away and the last thing we said to each other was "Peace". Well I hope your at peace. With All My Love, Wolfie
Ryan Harty June 06, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Peter and the Thearle Family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May Peter rest in peace.
jen thearle June 06, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Words cannot express how touched the Thearle's are by the love and support the Levittown community has given to all of us. It means more than words can say............ Petey will be missed by so many.... Uncle Pat & Aunt Jen
Kathleen Vaughan Ware June 06, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Sending you hugs Jen, you have touched many children and parents in this town and we are all here for you. May Pete rest in peace. Kathleen, Erin & family
Ann M. Braun June 09, 2011 at 09:51 PM
My heart goes out to Peter Thearle's family and friends. I have a fifteen year old son. I don't know what I would do if I lost him. There's a question here: How did this happen!? Where was this midjudgment? Who misjudged? How much traffic is there on Hempstead Turnpike in the wee hours of a weekend morning? Maybe if we can determine who, where and how the error was made, we can learn from Pete's death and it won't be totally in vain.
Jennifer Gref McEvoy June 10, 2011 at 01:05 PM
This is so sad.My thoughts and prayers to the Thearle family.A classmate of mine was struck by a car running and not looking across hempstead turnpike in 1968 .Please look before you cross even if we are older.
Lynne O'Leary June 10, 2011 at 02:23 PM
God bless the Thearle family. May Pete rest in peace. Lynne O'Leary
Ann M. Braun June 12, 2011 at 08:49 PM
What good advice. Unfortunately, the PEDESTRIANS have to be the more careful and vigilant ones. I always tell my son: "DON'T TRUST ANY CARS/DRIVERS. THINK DEFENSIVELY, AS IF EVERYONE DRIVING A CAR IS OUT TO GET YOU. YOU HAVE TO BE THE ONE TO WATCH OUT AND SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE." Maybe it's extreme, but not far from the truth. Based on my 36 years of driving experience, I'll guess that the odds are: every two out of five drivers are reckless, careless, distracted...can anyone add a few more?


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