A Pelham Manor police remains in critical, but stable condition at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx after he was hit by a car while on Boston Post Road, near Edgewood Avenue, Tuesday night.
Michael Tillistrand, 28, of Yorktown, was struck by a car at about 6:30 p.m. while assisting another officer, Jason Teahan, with a traffic stop. It was unclear what the initial traffic stop was for.
Al Mosiello, chief of the Pelham Manor Department, said the driver who hit Tillistrand has not been charged as of Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s still under investigation,” Mosiello said.
Mosiello said Tillistrand’s condition was fairly stable when he was transported to the hospital, but he described his head injuries as serious.
Prior to joining the police department, Tillistrand served as a captain in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Afghanistan. He went on to serve five years with New York City Police Department’s 48th Precinct, before joining the Pelham Manor Police Department in July.
He is single, according Mosiello.
Mosiello said Tillistrand is enthusiastic about being a police officer.
“He’s very good at what he does,” Mosiello said. “He’s very respectful. We’re all shocked.”
There are currently 28 officers on the Pelham Manor Police Department. All of the other officers remain active. Mosiello said that he hasn’t needed to bring any additional counseling resources to the department at this point.
Mosiello said this was the second time that he could remember an officer being hit by a vehicle while on duty. In 1996, a detective died after he was hit by a truck on I-95.
The investigation is being handled by Westchester County and Pelham Manor police. A police report is expected to be completed today.
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