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Staten Island veteran remains in ‘critical but stable condition’ after being struck by car

Staten Island veteran remains in ‘critical but stable condition’ after being struck by car


Anthony Fanelli, 79, remains in critical but stable condition.

By John M. Annese/Staten Island Advance Staten Island Advance on November 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM, updated November 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Anthony Fanelli, the U.S. Army veteran gravely injured after being struck by a car Monday night, remains in critical condition as of Thursday afternoon, according to officials at Staten Island University Hospital.

The 79-year-old Rosebank resident remained in “critical but stable condition” in the intensive care unit of the hospital’s Ocean Breeze campus, a hospital spokeswoman said at about 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

Fanelli suffered a fractured skull and internal bleeding after an 83-year-old female motorist hit him with a 2012 Acura as he crossed Hylan Boulevard by Bay Street Monday night, according to authorities.

Fanelli, who had left a Veterans Day event at Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse in Mariners Harbor, was involved in a fender-bender at that same intersection about an hour earlier. Fanelli was supposed to follow his passenger, fellow veteran John Sobchik, to a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts on Bay Street for coffee, but was struck by the Acura as he crossed the street, according to authorities.

Fanelli, who lives on New Lane in Rosebank, is active in veterans activities, including the United Staten Island Veterans Organization (USIVO) and the American Legion’s Huttner-Pasqualini Post and in 2012 served as the grand marshal of the 2012 Staten Island Memorial Day Parade.

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