MILLER PLACE, N.Y. - A Miller Place man who just finished naval service at Guantanamo Bay was killed over the weekend after being hit on an upstate highway, according to news reports and State Police.
Charles Gerrard, 24, was hit from behind Sunday while walking on the shoulder of the New York" id="PLGEO100100800000000">New York State Thruway, south of Exit 17 in Newburgh, where he had stopped his Jeep because of mechanical problems, authorities said.
Gerrard was brought to the Newburgh campus of St. Luke's Cornwall" id="PLGEO100100203060000">Cornwall Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival, police said.
No charges have been filed against the driver who hit him, Michelle Squillante, 38, of Tompkins Cove, police said.
Following the crash, Squillante was treated at a nearby hospital for
minor injuries and released, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
Gerrard, who had returned from the Cuba Navy base in November, was to
start nursing classes at Suffolk County Community College next week,
his mother, Lori Gerrard, told the upstate Journal News.
"He had just come home and was starting a new life," she told The News.
"He was amazing, joyous and brilliant. He was so fun and full of life.
The outpouring of love from his friends and family has been