Purdys Man Killed by Car While Walking on Route 22

William Geller, 47, of Purdys died at Danbury Hospital's Trauma Center after being struck by a car in North Salem on Friday.

A man who was struck by a car while walking along Route 22 in North Salem on Friday has died, confirmed New York State Police. 

The victim was identified as William Geller, 47, of Purdys. 

Geller was walking north on the northbound side of Route 22 in North Salem with his back to traffic when a 2005 Chevrolet Impala struck him, according to police from the Somers Barracks. The driver of the car, identified as Richard Bertram, 88, of Somers, rounded a slight curve and struck Geller from behind at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 15, according to police.

Geller was seriously injured and taken to Danbury Hospital's Trauma Center, where he later died.   

Police are asking anyone with information about the collision to contact Investigator James Stirpe with the State Police Somers Bureau of Criminal Investigation (914) 277-3651.

Steve Bunche February 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Bill was one of my best friends during my early years of college at SUNY at Purchase. He was one of the sweetest, most lovable human beings it has ever been my pleasure and honor to know, and this cruel, untimely twist of fate is tragic beyond words. Billy, my thoughts and condolences go out to your family, and if there is an afterlife, I can't wait to see you again when my time comes so we can once more sing a duet of "My Wife Left Town With A Banana." I love you, man.
Adam Brown February 17, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Billy was such a sweet and funny guy and a friend in college. I remember cracking up at his old yiddish man impression, and his clever cartoons. Billy was a good man.
Zach Krauss February 17, 2013 at 12:47 AM
We will miss you Billy. Thank you for always making me laugh and helping me fit in with Max's friends when I had difficulties. I will never forget the car rides to his birthdays. I appreciate you laughing at my jokes. All the funny inappropriate prank call names you have shared with us will never be forgotten. You've created an amazing kid who is one of a kind and a wonderful artist. I will help him in any way I can in the future (probably not art.) Also, I will never forget Max's bar mitzvah when you sang with the band. You were always looking for a way to have fun and help others have fun with you. I'm sorry that you are not here to share that with us and your future grandchildren. I know you would have made a great grandpa. Sherry, I know that you will continue to be the strong woman that you always are. We will always love you Billy. - Love Zach Krauss
Ivy Starshine February 17, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I've known Billy since he was a little boy, as his sister Janet and I have been close friends since we were children. He was the precocious outspoken jokester that would follow us around. As I came to know Billy through the years, his incredible sense of humor and intelligence grew with him. Billy was a sweet, funny, strong man who, once you met, you'd never forget. This is such a shock and loss, he was one of a kind. My love and prayers go out to his sisters and family, his wife and son. Billy, you will be terribly missed, but never forgotten. Always in our hearts. Always.
Peter F. February 23, 2013 at 05:16 AM
This is a terrible loss. Bill's essence was one of joy and fun. I miss him terribly already.
Caryn Kaminsky February 28, 2013 at 11:01 PM
I'm Caryn, Billy's step-sister.for 32 yrs. Billy was the kindest, gentle, loving, talented artist, handsome, and also a very funny comical comedian, He had so many interests. Can't list them all...He loved Vintage cars, he owned a Karminghia '67, BSA, Motorcycle, He enjoyed authentic dining, He collected vintage sneakers and t-shirts. He would impersonate our family members to the tee. He was so much fun to be around. He made you forget your problems despite that he could have been having a bad day. I will never never forget you Billy for all the good times you brought into my life. You were my solid rock like you were to Janet, your closest sister. Janet would always call you on the phone and you would spend endless time talking, re: family matters when times were tough. You always assured us "Don't worry will handle it and get through it together" and then started joking again with his infectious laugh. I will miss not hearing your voice, i will miss not able to share the upcoming holidays with you, I will miss your gentle embrace, love and affection. Your spirit and soul will live on in my heart forever.
Caryn Kaminsky March 05, 2013 at 09:50 PM
when will police start to charge those who kill people either walking or on bicycles??? regardless if they are not drunk, or othterwise intoxicated??? this was a sensless death, a person who made lthe world a better place!! in this situation age is the culprit here!!! regardless that this person was a retired volunteer fireman, or a ww2 veteran, he was so called"hero" back in the day, those days are over!! he took a life, it was a tragedy, but if we are commended for good, we need to be responsible for the bad! this was my beautiful brother and i will take it to the extreme in order to get this law passed where tests will be given for drivers over the age of 65, every year, mentally and physically tested!! i will do this in his memory, it will not bring him back, but it is something in his memory.. grieving terribly...
Ivy Starshine March 05, 2013 at 09:55 PM
I agree with you on this Caryn. There should be an age where people are retested. I was once hit by a man in his 80s and that's one of the reasons I'm in a wheelchair today and can't walk. I applaud your efforts. I'm still grieving with you, Janet and everyone else about Billy. He was a great man and had so much to contribute to this world and this senseless act could have been avoided.
Caryn Kaminsky March 24, 2013 at 03:09 PM
The above comment was written by my sister Janet Geller and i support her every step of the way in getting a law passed at a certain age, for eye exams, a complete medical test, physical and emotional before you can re-new your driver's license.


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