An Eastchester Department of Public Works employee died as a result of injuries he sustained while working in the town on Oct. 7.
Nicholas Farella, 42, was holding onto the back passenger side of a town sanitation truck on Water Street when the vehicle backed up and hit a telephone pole, pinning Farella between the pole and the truck, according to Eastchester Supervisor Anthony Colavita, a Republican.
Farella, a Scarsdale resident, worked for the DPW for more than five years. Following the accident, he was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where he died during emergency surgery.
Farella’s funeral service was held on Oct. 11. Colavita said town administration waived sanitation pick up on that day so members of the DPW could attend the service.
“He was a gentleman and hard-working town employee who was always smiling,” Colavita said. “He will be sorely missed.”
Eastchester Town Justice Domenick Porco was the uncle of Farella.
The employee who drove the sanitation truck during the accident lives on Water Street, Colavita said, and has not yet returned to work.
Farella is survived by his wife Jennifer Farella and his nine-year-old daughter Victoria Farella.
There have been other public works employees in the county that have died over the past few years due to accidents on the job.
In 2011, Town of Mamaroneck DPW worker Robert Delvecchio died when he was run over by a sanitation truck at the sanitation and recycling center.
Ossining sanitation worker John-Paul Rodriguez died in 2005 from a head injury when he fell off the back of a moving garbage truck.
Farella’s union CSEA is investigating the incident, as are Eastchester police and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Accident Investigation Team.
Phone calls to Eastchester police were not returned as of press time.
-Reporting by Ashley Helms