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FDNY Firefighter Arrested in Deadly Westchester Hit-Run

What to Know

  • A firefighter has been arrested on a felony charge in the hit-run death of a 63-year-old Westchester County man early Saturday

  • Eric Werner, 44, is accused of hitting Joseph Orichello, also of Buchanan, on Albany Post Road

  • He was taken into custody Sunday; attorney information for him wasn't immediately available

An FDNY firefighter has been arrested in the hit-run death of a 63-year-old man in Westchester County over the weekend.

Eric Werner, 44, of Buchanan was taken into custody Sunday evening on a felony charge of leaving the scene of a deadly accident. He is accused of hitting Joseph Orichello, also of Buchanan, on Albany Post Road early Saturday and fleeing the scene in a Jeep Cherokee. Cops found Orichello dead in the road around 1 a.m.

Werner was arrested a day and a half later, based on a possible suspect and suspect vehicle developed by authorities investigating the case.

A member of the FDNY for 17 years, Werner was most recently posted in Manhattan. He will be suspended without pay for 30 days while the case is pending.

He is expected to be arraigned later Monday. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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