Jaquan Michelet Cesar, 28, of Beacon, died on Feb. 11, 2019, after being struck while assisting others in an early-morning, multi-car crash on the Cross Bronx Expressway. The driver who hit Cesar fled the scene.
Known to friends as “Cease,” Jaquan attended Poughkeepsie High School, SUNY Morrisville and Borough of Manhattan Community College. He played Pop Warner football for the Poughkeepsie Pioneers and was a defensive back and running back for the junior varsity and varsity teams at Poughkeepsie High. He also played at SUNY Morrisville.
He was employed as a hemodialysis technician and worked at dialysis clinics in New York City and the Hudson Valley.
Jaquan is survived by his girlfriend, Edwina Cepeda Aracena; his son, Yasir Michelet Cesar; his brothers, Jordan Cesar and Curtis Matthew LaForce Jr., his grandmother, Sonia Cesar; and his grandfather, Georges Michelet Cesar Sr.
A gathering will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Beulah Baptist Church, 92 Catharine St., in Poughkeepsie, followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m. Interment will take place at 10 a.m. on Feb. 23 at All Saints Cemetery, 855 Middle Neck Road, in Great Neck.