On Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:21 AM the Clarkstown Police Department responded to the Palisades Mall in the area of Best Buy for a male who had fallen from the third floor.
The male, 54, was pronounced deceased from the injuries suffered from the fall. The male was a resident of the New York Foundling group home, based out of 590 Avenue of The Americas, NY, NY. The name of the male is being with held at this time pending notification of the next of kin.
As the investigation continues, preliminary evidence shows that this appears to have been a tragic accident. The group of 1 staff and 3 individuals were on a habilitation day trip, getting the group out into the community. As information becomes available it will be released accordingly.
The following is statement released from The New York Foundling:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a beloved member of our community and extend our condolences to his family and loved ones. The safety of the individuals in our care is paramount, and we are doing everything we can to help determine what led to this terrible accident. Grief counselors are being made available to our staff and clients to provide support during this difficult time. We are grateful to those who have reached out to offer their support and sympathy.” – Beth Stellato, The New York Foundling 212-886-4069