On June 3 at about 7:42 a.m. the Ramapo Police Department responded to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle crash on Route 45, just north of Guzzel’s Deli, in the Hillcrest area of the Town of Ramapo, Village of Spring Valley.

A pedestrian was found lying on the shoulder on the east side of the roadway unconscious and unresponsive. Rockland Paramedics and Spring Hill Ambulance responded to the scene to administer advanced life support. The pedestrian, Matais Lopez, 33 yrs. old, of Hillcrest, was pronounced dead at the scene by Rockland Paramedics.

A short distance north of the pedestrian a 2011 Nissan Rouge was pulled onto the east shoulder of Rt. 45. The driver of the Nissan, Rony Pierre, of Spring Valley, NY, appeared to have driven off the main traveled portion of the roadway and struck the pedestrian as the pedestrian walked north along the shoulder of Route 45. Pierre then continued for a short distance before pulling over.

Police said it appears that when Mr. Lopez was struck by the Nissan he was walking northbound on the shoulder and Mr. Lopez was struck to the rear of his body. Mr. Lopez was on the hood of the Nissan for a short period of time before sliding off of the car and landing where he was found by the first responding officers. At this time it does not appear that there was any alcohol or drug involvement on the part of the driver of the Nissan.

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