A Beacon woman died on Wednesday (Dec. 1) after being struck by a car turning from Main Street onto Teller Avenue, police said on Thursday.
The incident occurred at about 3:15 p.m., according to the Beacon Police Department. The woman, identified by her family as Carla Giuffrida, 75, was treated at the scene by the Beacon Fire Department and taken by helicopter to Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. She was later transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where she died.
A native of California, Giuffrida is survived by her two children and six grandchildren. She was a Montessori and fiber arts teacher at the Homestead School in Glen Spey (Sullivan County) for nearly 30 years until her retirement in 2016.
Police said a preliminary investigation found that a westbound Jeep Wrangler was stopped for a red light on Main Street. Giuffrida was standing on the corner of Main and Teller, headed east and waiting to cross. When the light turned green, she entered the crosswalk and the driver of the Jeep made a left turn onto Teller, striking her.
Beacon police said that neither impairment nor speed was a factor. It declined to identify the pedestrian or the driver, although a spokesman said a ticket had been issued. The department responded to a Freedom of Information Law request for the accident report by saying no information would be released while the incident is under investigation.
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