By ASHLEY HELMS
A Larchmont man and the driver of the Livery Cab in which he was riding in were killed in a Nov. 9 crash that involved three vehicles on the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Bronx, police said.
Patrick Sheehan, 54, and cab driver Ata Noorzi, 45, of Queens, were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 7 a.m. near Orchard Beach Road, according to police.
The crash occurred when a 2003 Ford Explorer operated by a 45-year-old man traveling north on the parkway hit the median, causing his vehicle to fly into the southbound lanes where the cab and a 2014 GMC SUV struck it, according to Det. Annette Amarkowski, deputy commissioner of public information for the 49th Precinct in the Bronx.
The occupants of the GMC, a 49-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy, along with the driver of the Ford, were taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx in stabile condition, Amarkowski said.
The accident is being investigated by NYPD Highway Precinct 1, which handles highway vehicle fatalities, police said.
Sheehan is survived by his wife Rebecca and three sons: George, Thaddeus and Nathaniel. He was a native of West Chester, Pa. and was a managing director at Wells Fargo securities’ public finance department.
The timing of the accident was especially disheartening to hear for John Verni, who remembers Sheehan during his time as the mascot for Georgetown University’s basketball team.
Verni, a Republican who ran for Westchester County’s seventh legislative district this year, said he attended Georgetown at the same time as Sheehan during the early 1980s. Though Verni was a few years younger, he said he knew Sheehan through mutual friends at
“He was a great guy and, when Georgetown was in its basketball hay day, he was a mascot,” he said. “They knew him as ‘bulldog.’”
Just before the election, Verni said he was handing out campaign materials at the Larchmont train station when he ran into Sheehan. Between train arrivals, Verni said he and Sheehan sat together to catch up, and Sheehan snapped a photo of Verni as he handed out fliers.
Verni said he was shocked to hear his old college friend was killed in a car accident less than a week after he saw him.
“It puts a perspective on how precious life is and how every day needs to be cherished,” he said.