A Gov. Andrew Cuomo staffer was fatally struck by a car after he was forced out of the car he was riding in by the driver.
On Sunday, Delaware State Police began investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred early Sunday morning on southbound Coastal Highway (Route 1) south of Anchor Way, Dewey Beach, Delaware.
Former aide to Governor Cuomo killed in Delaware
The victim was later identified as 43-year-old Sid Wolf of Maryland. Wolf was an aide to former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“shocked and saddened to hear this tragic news. Sid was a phenomenal public servant who worked tirelessly for the betterment of all NYers,” tweeted Andrew Cuomo. “My heart goes out to Lindsey and his two young daughters.”
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Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash That Killed Cuomo Aide
Wolf and five of his friends were forced out of the Lyft they ordered by their Lyft driver on July 24 around 01:45, say the police.
During the ride, a disagreement arose and the Lyft driver ended the ride. The driver stopped in the middle of the southbound left lane and demanded that all six passengers exit the vehicle, according to Delaware State Police.
A 2016 Toyota Corolla was behind the Lyft when it stopped in the middle of the southbound lane. The Toyota changed lanes to avoid hitting the Lyft, but did not notice Wolf and his group standing in the way.
As a result, the Toyota hit Wolf. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Saddened by the tragic passing of Sid Wolf. Sid was a trusted colleague to many in the Executive Chamber. I send my deepest condolences to Sid’s family and loved ones during this difficult time,” New York Gov. Katy Hochul tweeted.
Wolf served as Andrew Cuomo’s Associate Director of Federal Affairs from July 2019 to December 2021, according to Linkedin. He served as a senior policy advisor to Governor Cuomo and advocated for state agencies before Congress and executive agencies, as well as a specialist in intergovernmental affairs.
“To have a life cut short so young, to leave behind a loving wife and two young daughters is an unspeakable tragedy,” Cuomo said.
Lyft responds after driver flees fatal crash
The Toyota driver stopped after the accident. The Lyft driver fled southbound on Coastal Highway immediately after the crash, police said.
“We are devastated by this incident,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement, according to the National Desk. “Our hearts go out to Mr. Wolf’s loved ones during this incredibly difficult time, and we have reached out to the ride requester to offer our support. We have permanently removed the driver from the Lyft community and are in contact with law enforcement to assist in their investigation .”
The other 5 passengers were not injured after exiting the Lyft vehicle.
Neither the operator nor the Lyft vehicle has been identified yet and remains under investigation. The police are asking for help in finding the driver.
“Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to contact Master Corporal Argo by calling 302-703-3264. Information can also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the Internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com,” Delaware State Police said in a news release
GoFundMe For Wolf’s Family
A GoFundMe was started to help Wolf’s wife and young children.
“Lindsey and their daughters as they try to move forward in these difficult circumstances. Sid always had a smile on his face and was a great husband, father, friend and neighbor to so many of us. We hope to raise enough funds so Lindsey doesn’t have to worry about household expenses right now,” the GoFundMe states.
Almost $78,000 has been raised as of this writing. CLICK HERE to donate.
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