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Services Held For Yonkers Tow-Truck Operator Killed In I-95 Hit-And-Run

Well-wishers came out in force to support the family of Sal Brescia.
Well-wishers came out in force to support the family of Sal Brescia. Video Credit: Vincent's Service Faceook
Tow trucks adorned with flowers led a procession for Sal Brescia.
Tow trucks adorned with flowers led a procession for Sal Brescia. Photo Credit: Vincent's Service Facebook
Tow trucks adorned with flowers led a procession for Sal Brescia.
Tow trucks adorned with flowers led a procession for Sal Brescia. Photo Credit: Vincent's Service Facebook
Tow trucks adorned with flowers led a procession for Sal Brescia.
Tow trucks adorned with flowers led a procession for Sal Brescia. Photo Credit: Vincent's Service Facebook
Salvatore Brescia, 32, of New Rochelle, was laid to rest on Tuesday.
Salvatore Brescia, 32, of New Rochelle, was laid to rest on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc.
New York State Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run on I-95.
New York State Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run on I-95. Photo Credit: New York State Police

Friends and family said goodbye to Yonkers tow-truck operator Sal Brescia on Tuesday, after he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while assisting a motorist on I-95 in Harrison last week .

A procession of dozens of tow trucks adorned with flowers and well-wishers took to the streets on Tuesday, as drivers from throughout the lower Hudson Valley came together in Mamaroneck to celebrate the life and mourn the death of the popular 32-year-old tow truck operator.

There was a funeral mass at Blessed Sacrament Church on Tuesday morning, followed by the tow truck procession, which traveled through Mamaroneck, making a cameo in front of Vincent Service Towing, where Brescia was a popular employee.

A video of the entire procession is available on the Vincent Service Facebook page . Following his death, a GoFundMe fundraising page was also set up by his employers to help his family offset expenses .

"The Vincent Service family mourns today for the loss of one of our own. Sal was not only an extremely talented and hard-working young man, but an incredible and invaluable friend and brother," a Facebook post read. "In a time like this, no words give much relief to the pain, but just know Sal's second family at Vincent Service will always hold him close to our hearts and be here to support those touched by the loss."

The investigation into Brescia’s death is ongoing. Shortly before 7 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, Brescia was tending to a disabled vehicle in the northbound lane on I-95 near exit 18B (White Plains / Mamaroneck Avenue), when he was struck by a motorist that proceeded to speed off.

Brescia was transported to Greenwich Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In an effort to apprehend the hit-and-run motorist, the New York State Crime Stoppers initially offered a $2,500 reward, which was doubled to $5,000 on Tuesday, for any information leading to a conviction of the driver.

Anyone with information about the crash can contact State Police in Tarrytown at (845) 727-2280 or the Hawthorne Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (914) 769-2000. To be eligible for the Crime Stoppers rewards, information can be called into the hotline at 1-866-313-TIPS or submitted online.

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