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Pelham Manor Officer Remains in Critical Condition

UPDATED, 1:00 P.M. PELHAM MANOR, N.Y. – The police officer who was struck by a car in Pelham Manor on Tuesday night remained in critical condition Wednesday morning, according to Pelham Manor Police Chief Al Mosiello.

Doctors at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx performed an emergency craniotomy on Officer Michael Tillistrand on Tuesday night to relieve the pressure in his brain, according to Mosiello. Tillistrand remained in a medically-induced coma in the emergency unit of the hospital as of Wednesday morning. Mosiello said it is possible that Tillistrand suffered other injuries from the accident but that doctors were mainly concerned about his head injury.

Tillistrand, who was sworn into the Pelham Manor Police Department in July, is a Yorktown resident who previously served as an officer in the New York Police Department’s 48th Precinct for five years. He deployed to Afghanistan as a soldier in the United States Army after he graduated from the University of North Carolina and returned home as a captain.

He attended Yorktown High School and Valley Forge Military School on a U.S. Army ROTC Scholarship before he went to UNC. He graduated from the college with a B.A. in History.

Lt. David Donahue said no charges have been filed against the driver of the car that struck Tillistrand. Police questioned the driver Tuesday night but released him.

According to Westchester County Police Sgt. James Harrison, Tillistrand was conducting a traffic stop when Tillistrand crossed Boston Post Road on foot to assist. While crossing the street Tillistrand was struck by a gray, two-door car on the corner of Boston Post Road and Edgewood Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. Police closed off Boston Post Road from Edgewood to Highland avenues.

At the collision site a blue tarp covered traffic cones and blood. The cones marked the accident scene. Westchester County, Pelham Manor and Pelham police and the Westchester County Accident Investigation Unit responded to the scene.

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