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Victim ID'ed In Phelps Hospital Accident

Joan Hartley, 81, died Wednesday after being hit by a car at Phelps Memorial Hospital.
Joan Hartley, 81, died Wednesday after being hit by a car at Phelps Memorial Hospital. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- The victim involved in Wednesday's fatal accident at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center has been identified by Sleepy Hollow Police.

Joan Hartley, 81, lived in Croton and worked as a volunteer with the hospital.

Hartley died around 1 p.m. after beings struck by a pick-up truck equipped with a plow that was backing up when it hit her. She sustained injuries to her lower body and her head. The truck was being driven by a Phelps employee.

Phelps Memorial Hospital, in a statement yesterday, said it was saddened by the death of a member of its volunteer staff.

“We are deeply saddened and distressed by the tragic accident that occurred on our hospital grounds this morning that involved a member of our volunteer staff," a statement sent by Mary Sernatinger, hospital spokesperson, said. "Our hearts go out to the family of this wonderful woman who has been a valued volunteer for many years.  We are cooperating fully with the police who are investigating this matter.”

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