17 July 2019
  Major Douglas R. Keyer Jr.
   Troop T Commander




Nicholas J. Polao has been pronounced deceased at Westchester Medical Center.  

The investigation remains ongoing.


Clarkstown, NY – On July 16, 2019, State Police were dispatched to investigate a serious injury accident which involved a vehicle striking a pedestrian.
The crash occurred at approximately 10:43p.m. on I-87 northbound at mile marker 20.5, in the town of Clarkstown, Rockland County.
A preliminary investigation revealed Nicholas J. Polao, 29, of Cortlandt Manor, NY, was involved in a property damage motor vehicle accident at that location and his vehicle became disabled on the left shoulder. 
While Troopers were responding to the accident, they received reports that Polao had attempted to cross the road and was struck by a BMW operated by Zarita M. Holness, 53, of Washingtonville, NY. 
Polao was transported to Westchester Medical Center for life threatening injuries and is listed in critical condition.  Holness was not injured and showed no signs of impairment. 
The road re-opened at approximately 4:56 a.m.  The accident was reconstructed by the New York State Police Troop F Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) and remains under investigation at this time.

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