Man dies after being struck by car

An East Tor­res­dale man died on Christ­mas Eve four days after he was struck by a car while walk­ing near his home.

Richard Af­fata­to, 67, was cross­ing the 4700 block of Linden Ave. at about 5:15 p.m. when a west­bound black 2006 Lin­coln struck him. Af­fata­to rolled onto the hood and wind­shield of the car, then to the ground. He suffered head in­jur­ies.

Emer­gency re­spon­ders took the vic­tim to Aria Health’s Tor­res­dale Cam­pus, where he died at about 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 24.

Po­lice did not identi­fy the mo­tor­ist or re­port any oth­er in­jur­ies. No crim­in­al charges were filed.

Af­fata­to, of the 9200 block of He­ger­man St., was re­tired, ac­cord­ing a per­son­al friend, Paul DeFinis, but he of­ten vis­ited DeFinis’ State Auto Body shop at Tor­res­dale and Solly av­en­ues. Af­fata­to was at the shop that af­ter­noon, then got a ride to Tor­res­dale and Linden shortly be­fore the ac­ci­dent, DeFinis said. ••

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