Elmsford Fire Department Lieutenant Tyler Rush was killed in a motorcycle accident on Sawmill River Road in Hawthorne on Thursday, March 22, 2012. / Journal News File Photo
MOUNT PLEASANT — An Elmsford volunteer fire lieutenant was killed Thursday evening when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Saw Mill River Road in Hawthorne, police said.
Tyler Rush, 24, who is the son of Hartsdale Fire Chief and Elmsford Trustee Ed Rush, was pronounced dead at the Westchester Medical Center emergency room shortly after the 7:30 p.m. crash, Mount Pleasant Police Chief Louis Alagno said this morning.
Alagno said police are still trying to determine exactly what happened in the accident, which occurred in the southbound lanes across from 200 Saw Mill River Road. He said the 2006 Honda motorcycle Rush was riding collided with a 2006 Volkswagen driven by Nancy Hall, 64, of Briarcliff Manor.
Rush, of White Plains, was taken to the hospital by a Hawthorne Volunteer Ambulance crew and was pronounced dead a short time later. Hall was not injured.
Alagno said the motorcycle and car have been impounded. The accident is being investigated by Mount Pleasant police and the Westchester County police accident reconstruction unit. No charges have been filed.
Elmsford Village Manager Michael Mills said Rush worked in the village water department and was well liked.
“Everyone is utterly shocked,” he said, his voice chocked with emotion. “I’m having a difficult time talking about it right now. Elmsford is a very close-knit family and community, and that was in evidence last night, when we first heard the news, and this morning. There’s not much we can say except that it’s a terrible tragedy and that our hearts and prayers are with the Rush family.”
Thomas Bock, president of Elmsford Fire Company No. 1, said in a statement that “The members of the Elmsford Fire Company No. 1 were devastated to learn of the tragedy of our friend and family member, Tyler Rush. Our hearts and prayers are with the Rush family, and we are here for them if needed during this difficult time."
A wake is being held from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Hawthorne Funeral Home, 21 Stevens Ave., Hawthorne. The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 59 E. Main St., Elmsford.
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