UPDATE: Police Identify Teen Killed on Hempstead Turnpike

Sixteen-year-old boy dies after being struck by a minivan Wednesday night.

Update: April 5, 2012 at 6:48 a.m.

Police have officially identified Anthony D'Alessandro as the 16-year-old boy who was struck and killed as he was crossing Hempstead Turnpike near Division Avenue Wednesday night.

According to detectives, a 61-year-old female was driving a 2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan westbound on Hempstead Turnpike around 9 p.m. when she struck D'Alessandro. The teen was transported by police department ambulance to a local area hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:50 p.m.

Homicide and Eighth Squad Detectives report no apparent criminality in connection with this accident and the above mentioned vehicle was impounded from the scene for a brake test and safety inspection.

Ollie April 06, 2012 at 03:47 PM
An overpass won't work... Parents need to drill it in to their children's brains that crossing busy roads anywhere other than a crosswalk is extremely dangerous!!!
Lori Klein Morris April 06, 2012 at 06:15 PM
This is a very unfortunate accident but as you say I do hope that these teenagers will be able to learn something from this tragic loss. Parents should know where and what their children are doing, 16 year olds should not be drinking alcohol, much less doing it on Hempstead Turnpike.
Mac April 06, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I agree we need to have more safeguards in place. The very first starts with the pedestrian. What ever happened to look both ways, be sure you can cross, get across quickly and cross at the crosswalk. Too many people of all ages do not follow these standards regardless go road or time of day. That section of the turnpike is becoming more hazardous each year. The park where all the kids hang out then go to 7-11 is one dangerous spot.
theresa April 06, 2012 at 07:05 PM
its such a terrible thing when we lose one of our communitys children..its as if i lost my own child..so so sad this has happened..may god bless anthony on his new journey in heaven..love and peace to his family....may god give you strength..
Mac April 07, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Debra I think perhaps the first thing we need to do as a community is perhaps implore the police to get out to all the schools and establish an outreach program to instruct children how to cross a street. this could be handled like MADD/SADD gives presentations on drunk driving showing what can happen when you do not use your best judgement when crossing the street. I hate to say it but even if there was a walkover bridge why would the teens crossing use it? The reason they dont go to the crosswalks are because of convenience if the crosswalk was 200 feet away they would still cross in the street. Education of the children is our most pwerful weapon.
Bri tirino April 07, 2012 at 01:27 AM
R.i.p Anthony I love you even though we fough ALOT you still ment a lot to me , we have a past and I will miss you So much Levittown will never be the same without you , I love you <3 fly high my angel
Mac April 07, 2012 at 01:01 PM
The police would need a whole new task force if they were going to be patrolling all the known teen hangouts. Teens have been getting into places they shouldnt for years and that will never change regardless of police presence . At what point do we as parents take some responsibility for our childrens actions and whereabouts. I am in no way saying anyone parent is responsible for this tragedy but we cannot afford to rely on the police to monitor our children. Education is paramount!
Mac April 07, 2012 at 01:21 PM
A knee jerk reaction to a horrible tragedy. Where was this outcry the past thirty years? Why would people rather build a bridge and blame the police then educate our youth? Let's face it the simple act of crossing the street is no longer simple. I see adults and children alike crossing without looking both ways, in the middle of he road, between cars at lights, timing their run across the turnpike not at a crosswalk or even better yet taking their time across thinking the cars will stop all of this and more. We have all seen this but yet surprised when someone gets hit. A moving car is a dangerous weapon and the pedestrian will always come out worse. Let's figure out what we can do to help. Getting in touch with the schools and police asking them to create programs for crossing the street is something we can do. Let's focus on realistic solutions to this ever groing problem. Once again a horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to all who suffer through this.
theresa April 07, 2012 at 02:00 PM
outcry?? i have lived in levittown for 45 years went to DAHS..never have i ever heard about any kids getting killed on hempstead tnpke like im hearing now..its very very sad to hear all these deaths..something whatever it may be needs to be done..soon.
Mac April 07, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Theresa you are not alone something needs to be done as I too have been here for fifty plus years graduating from memorial. I do remember accidents and deaths but the teen population and mindset is much differentbthen in our day. It is sad very sad and if we do not take so e kind of action it will not stop.
theresa April 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
i couldnt agree with you more mac...love your children is all i can say at this point..anthonys death is a reminder to love...may he be at peace..his family is left behind to suffer..god be with them at ths time of such sorrow...
Levittown Res April 09, 2012 at 04:15 PM
If there was little information available then there was no reason to make wild assumptions/accusations about the accident.
Tom Cavanagh April 09, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I agree with the radar but bridges are not essential and at 9pm will not be used by kids. Stricter law enforcement is the key. Not just for drivers but for pedestrians. The last several teens killed sadly and tragically on the tpke were not crossing at the lights. The boy killed last year in front of the old kmart was crossing late at night and was intoxicated. These accidents can and could have been prevented in many of the cases. Building a bridge is not the answer and talk to most of the kids like I do and they will tell you that using a bridge would be a hassle to them. Education at home and school and awareness is the answer. Keeping a closer eye on the teen drinking will help as well. Radar and more police presence for the excessive speeding, drunk driving and texting and driving will help.
Tom Cavanagh April 09, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I grew up in Levittown and I still work there. Hempstead Tpke is and has always been dangerous. But not because of it or it's design. It's like a gun. A gun is not dangerous on it's own, but in the wrong hands it's a tragedy waiting to happen. The people who drive on the Tpke are the problem. At 17 I was hit by a drunk driver at the corner of Loring rd and Hempstead Tpke. My injuries plague me 20 years later every single minute of every single day. I have witnessed some horrific accidents growing up one block south of the tpke and this past October my mother was in a terrible accident in which she was very lucky to survive at the corner of Silver and the Tpke. Her car was struck violently by a jackass speeding and texting in a black SUV as he ran two red lights with dozens of witnesses. In October of 2007 I was a passenger in a car that was struck from behind at a very high speed while we were stationary at a traffic light in front of the Rite aid. After the guy hit us he ran to our car and apologized. He blatantly admitted he was texting his friends and was late to an Islander game and was not looking at the road. He got away without any fines at all while we were rushed to the medical center in ambulances.
Tom Cavanagh April 09, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Part 2: The problem here is THE PEOPLE. Every one drives like they are playing Grand Theft Auto. It's not just this road its all roads with these lunatics on them. We don't need to fix the tpke any more than we need to repair guns. We need to educate and harshly punish the people who abuse it. We need to educate our kids that driving is a serious privilege. And that the rules for crossing it are there for everyones safety. I pass the McDonalds on the way to work on Hempstead Tpke several times a week and the kids from Island Trees High School and Middle School just walk right across from the Target parking lot. They run out in to the road or obnoxiously just walk out and cross slowly. Meanwhile two crossing guards just a few hundred feet east and west routinely stand there lonely with out a person to help cross. This is where the problem lies. Education and awareness. Lack of Punishment. If I was in the political position to fix this issue I would start with heavier police activity. Have the police issue more jaywalking tickets, more speeding tickets, more red light tickets, more texting or cell phone use while driving tickets and simply more of a presence to discourage this behavior. This will generate so much extra money for Nassau County that your taxes will not be as high or as much needed. "It's not the Tpke that is the problem, it's the people who use it".
Tom Cavanagh April 09, 2012 at 05:40 PM
You are 100% accurate!
Mac April 09, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Tom well said all great points, We start by educating.
Brenda Hinshaw April 09, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Well said Tom! Careless walkers + careless drivers = tragedies!
Brenda Hinshaw April 09, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Well said Tom! Careless walkers + careless drivers = tragedies!
Christine Orem April 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM
The whole situation is very sad. An eyewitness...sitting at the light turning left onto Division saw all of what happened. For him I feel sad because his account of those few seconds were chilling. How can you live knowing you had but mere milliseconds to try to warm someone of impending doom and yet it wasn't enough time. His two feet left the median. He was on his cell phone and didn't look right or left. The van was coming and had no time to stop. The witness had no time to yell "Kid watch out!" and Anthony had no chance. I have lived in Levittown my entire life. I don't ever remember the turnpike being as much a deathtrap as it is now. I'd crossed it dozens of time as a teen...drunk and sober. Drivers are very careless these days. If it's late and the turnpike is dead, drivers believe this is a green light to accelerate speed. All it would have taken was Anthony to just look to his right before he left the median and he would have lived. It is so sad for all involved...victim, family, driver and witnesses. I repeatedly tell my kids I do not want them crossing the turnpike. Today's teens are walking while texting, chatting or blasting their MP3's so loud they wouldn't hear an oncoming vehicle if it were right upon them. All I pray is the family can find peace, that Anthony's soul is at rest and that at least one teen learns from this and makes sure he always looks before crossing any major intersection. Peace of heart, mind and soul to all involved.
Mac April 11, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Christine it is sad very sad. But what your are saying and eye witness reports have very little to do with the Turnpike itself. This couldve happened on any road in any town. A series of mistakes lead to a very tragic outcome. The very first thing we try to teach our children is look both ways, then cross at the intersection with the light not in the middle of the road. You hit the nail on the head today's teens are so completely distracted THAT is what is dangerous not the road itself. If this teen had looked both ways, not been on his cell phone, been paying attention or went to the crosswalk this may not have happened. While the result is tragic this is an example of the pedestrian in the wrong doing everything wrong. The pedestrian in this case needs to yield to the motorist when jaywalking. What we need is a serious educational outreach program by the community or police and in the schools to drive the point home to these kids about crossing the street. My heart truly goes out to this boy's family and friends as well as the motorist. A mistake in judgement should not lead to the loss of a life.
An tUasal Airgead April 11, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Town of Hempstead Adopts 'Complete Streets' Policy Hempstead Town Board voted Tuesday to adopt a comprehensive “Complete Streets” policy aimed at developing safe roadways viable for all utilize them including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, children and senior citizens. http://wantagh.patch.com/articles/town-of-hempstead-adopts-complete-streets-policy
Mac April 11, 2012 at 04:18 PM
This is a start. Hopefully there is an educational component that goes into this program. Streets are not dangerous it is the acts of people that make them dangerous. Start with the pedestrian and educate that person. The safest streets in the world will not help if the pedestrian does not follow his responsibility in safely crossing. Then the motorist needs to drive carefully and within the law. Then the police must really crack down on these infractions. This program is a good first step.
msg April 13, 2012 at 05:10 AM
My heart goes out to Anthony's family. A call that a parent always fears. I am so proud of how the teens in our community came together to mourn and support his family. I was born and raised in Levittown for 44 years I do not remember as many accidents or fatalities on this road. But I was reminded that when I was growing up Hemp. Toke was only 2 lanes eastbound and 2 lanes westbound. Now there are at least six lanes to cross, 3 on each side. There are also more businesses on the tpke. now then back then causing more traffic. I do think that the police need to take a more active role in giving speeding tickets and jay walking tickets. I can't remember ever seeing a car being pulled over on the tpke. for speeding and there are many that do. I think we need better enforcement of these laws. There is no blame here when a tragedy like this happens. My you rest in peace Anthony and may your death not be in vain.
Tony Androcoski April 14, 2012 at 07:39 PM
My heart also goes out to his family. It's so tragic. There are more accidents today because more 16 year olds are drinking. What else would you be doing hanging out on Division and Hempstead Turnpike. Yes, you have to look both ways if you don't cross at the corner, but you also have to NOT be drunk. That's what got him killed.
Mac April 14, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Tony regardless of the reason these kids need to be actively educated starting in kindergarten their how to cross a street and the dangers when you do not use good judgement. It could be alcohol use, distraction of the cell phone or iPod, crossing in the middle of the intersection , not looking both ways etc. The loss is still tragic but we need to move forward to prevent this from happening again.
Tony Androcoski April 15, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Mac - well said. I would just love to know how and WHERE these teenagers are getting their liquor from. I think a crackdown should also be done on what stores are selling alcohol to 16 year olds!!! Get after them!!!
T June 07, 2012 at 02:07 PM
hemp tpke is a scary road but if people would pay attention, and be more careful its not that bad. i sat hear and listened to news 12 when a mother got on for an interview and she said where do u expect a kid to hangout. and my first thoughts were maybe your backyard. not drinking in a sump. my heart does go out to the family for there lose but kids need to realize drinking age is 21 and they need to be more responsible.
Rocco July 01, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Tom you are correct on the bridge. That would not work . I go past Hofstra every day and the students dont use their bridge often enough. I agree heavy police activity would help. Still have not seen it yet. I just cant understand why this is not done.
Long Islander January 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Eyewitness account and some comments: http://treeskill.com/20120403accident.html


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