GREENWICH — A stretch of road on Milbank Avenue where a 70-year-old man was killed Wednesday evening by a car has been a persistent source of concern in the neighborhood.
Police said the man, identified as Robert Bono, who lived at the Agnes Morley public housing complex, died at about 6 p.m. after the collision on Milbank Avenue. Police said the accident took place at or near a pedestrian crosswalk to the Agnes Morley Heights public housing complex.
“It’s a dangerous crossing,” said Phil Bessard, a Stamford resident who works in central Greenwich. Milbank Avenue is a busy road, and cars tend to speed there, he said — “Fast isn’t the word.”
Police spokesman Lt. John Slusarz said a Jeep SUV struck Bono while he was on foot. Police were not releasing specifics about the driver, other than to say he was a male and from out of town. He was cooperating with the investigation. The car was headed south, downhill, at the time Bono was struck.
According to police, after Bono was struck by the vehicle, he landed under a nearby parked car. The man was quickly extricated from under the vehicle by the Greenwich Fire Department but was found to be in cardiac arrest, according to reports from Greenwich Emergency Medical Services, which responded to the scene. Bono was treated at the scene and taken to Greenwich Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.
Lt. Slusarz said a comprehensive investigation had begun, and it was too soon to draw conclusions.
“We’re looking at everything....Lots of unanswered questions, ” he said. Investigators would examine whether wintry and slick road conditions were a factor, as well as the speed of the vehicle. The speed limit in the area is 25 miles an hour.
News of Robert Bono’s death caused consternation and shock at the housing complex for seniors.
“I can’t believe it. Such a good person,” said a friend and neighbor of Bono’s, Henry Moniez. “What a tragedy, and a surprise.”
Bono was especially known at the residential complex for walks with his dog, Bogie, a pug. Friends called him “Sonny Bono,” a joking reference to the late singer and entertainer.
A nearby resident, Steve Young, said the town installed a pedestrian crosswalk this summer, directly opposite the Agnes Morley complex. The roadway is narrow, and cars often illegally park in the roadway, making visibility a problem, he said.
“It’s a bad combination,” Young said.
No charges have been filed, and police said it was premature to speculate. “We have to view all facts and circumstances before we can even consider pressing any charges or anything of that nature,” said Slusarz.
The incident is under investigation by the GPD’s Traffic Section. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Patrick Smyth at 203-622-8015.https://www.greenwichtime.com/policereports/article/Site-of-Greenwich-pedestrian-fatality-called-12561596.php