Former Yonkers City Manager Charged in Hit-and-Run Leaving Woman Seriously Injured

A former prominent figure in Yonkers, Neil DeLuca, found himself facing serious charges as he appeared in Mount Pleasant Town Court on October 26. DeLuca stands accused of a felony for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident that resulted in severe injuries to a 66-year-old woman. The incident occurred on Bradhurst Avenue around 8 p.m. last Saturday.

Detectives made significant discovery by identifying a broken piece of the car’s front grill. This evidence ultimately narrowed down the list of potential vehicles involved in the accident through county police database searches.

On Sunday evening, police arrived at the 77-year-old DeLuca’s residence on Bradhurst Avenue in Hawthorne. Upon inspection, officers noticed a vehicle in the driveway that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. Following an interview, authorities took DeLuca into custody, and impounded the vehicle.

The victim is a resident of Sleepy Hollow and known for her frequent walks around the town. She remains in intensive care battling her injuries.

Former official during infamous era

Yonkers City Council meeting regarding desegregation, Saunders Trades and Technical High School, January 27, 1988 - (left to right) councilmen Peter A. Chema and Charles A. Cola, City Manager Neil DeLuca
Peter A. Chema, Charles A. Cola, and Neil DeLuca in 1988 – credit: Westchester County Historical Society

Neil DeLuca’s background includes serving as Yonkers City Manager from 1988 to 1991. This period was memorialized by book-turned-tv-miniseries, “Show me a Hero”. Subsequently, he assumed the role of Deputy County Executive under Andrew O’Rourke. In recent years, DeLuca has operated a real estate consulting firm called, DeLuca Group.

Mount Pleasant Town Judge Mark Rubeo has issued an order of protection preventing DeLuca from any contact with both the victim and a witness associated with the case. DeLuca is scheduled to return to court on November 16.

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