Man, 71, Succumbs to Injuries Following Pedestrian Strike

Ronald A. Sarno, 71, of Ridgewood, died after being struck by a car on N. Walnut St. Tuesday night.

A pedestrian struck by a car less than a block from his Ridgewood home on Tuesday night has died as a result of his injuries, authorities confirmed.

Ronald A. Sarno, 71, was clad in a dark business suit Tuesday night when he was struck by a Lexus sedan while was crossing N. Walnut Street near the T.D. Bank and Stop & Shop. He was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center suffering from a head injury but died early Friday morning.

Numerous agencies have been investigating the accident. Police earlier this week said the driver, a 48-year-old Ridgewood man, had not been cited. Police did not say Saturday if that had changed.

The victim – who has lived nearby on N. Walnut Street for 25 years – did not use the crosswalk, police said. 

According to his obituary, Sarno was a well-respected lawyer who previously worked as jesuit educator and a hospital administrator. He was also a published author and a judge at a moot court at Yale College, the obituary states.

Sarno leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Una McGinley Sarno, and a daughter, Niamh.

Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Carmel RC Church on Monday at 9:30 a.m.

TB March 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Many people have already been struck in Ridgewood crossing in walks with the right of way. By your argument, why have any signs. Do away with traffic lights. This has nothing to do with big government but everything to do with common sense.
DD March 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM
TB suggests that by Ely's logic, we should do away with all signs and traffic lights. That's obviously a gross misinterpretation of the point Ely was making.
TB March 13, 2013 at 01:54 PM
And Ely's comment, "It's time for people to take some personal responsibility and stop relying on 'big government' you can't put a light at every corner and a stop sign on every street." isn't an obvious gross misinterpretation of my point?
DD March 13, 2013 at 03:52 PM
I see no indication that Ely was responding to your point directly. So, no, it wasn't.
Steve March 16, 2013 at 11:28 PM
I am not saying the retailers are responsible for the carelessness of people, JP. But wouldn't it be a nice thing for the retailers to do if they at least had a sign in their store that reminded people of safe crossing? It's called being a good neighbor/good business in the community. Not a big deal for them to do.


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