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Pelham Manor Officer Struck by Car Remains in Critical Condition

Accident under investigation; driver has not been charged with a crime.

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.

RyeDad November 16, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Get well soon Officer. Hopefully Pelham Manor doesn't try to screw you and your family like they did to other officers who were hurt on duty.
guest November 16, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Can we please edit this article where it says "Mosiello said Tillistrand was enthusiastic about being a police officer"? He has not passed away, so it should not be in past tense as though he has. Insensitive overlook.
NAO November 16, 2011 at 11:10 PM
WIsh the best for this young police officer.
Liz Giegerich November 17, 2011 at 12:32 AM
I went to high school with Mike Tilly and he is a genuine good guy - friendly, caring, personable and just a really nice person. My thoughts go out to him, his family and friends. I hope he recovers soon.
marie whalen November 17, 2011 at 01:34 AM
I agree with Rye dad! I hope the officer fully recovers. I also no another officer that was screwed after getting hurt on duty, with the pelham manor p,d,
Nummy November 17, 2011 at 10:55 AM
He said that because he was just hired not that long ago.

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