by Rick Pezzullo
A 16-year-old Sleepy Hollow male was killed Monday afternoon after he was hit by a New York City-bound Metro-North train at the Philipse Manor station.
Owen Kelly, who resided in the Sleepy Hollow Manor neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene after it appears he walked in front of the train on the platform, according to Meredith Daniels, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Daniels said there was no opportunity for the train conductor to avoid hitting Kelly, adding there was “no criminality” involved in the incident, which occurred about 2 p.m.
Kelly was a sophomore at Fordham Prep. He attended school in the Tarrytown School District through middle school.
“Yesterday the Sleepy Hollow community suffered a terrible loss. We lost a former student who was part of our family through middle school,” the school district posted on its website. “We have assembled our Crisis Teams in each of our schools and implemented our Crisis Response Implementation Plan. We are meeting with students this morning and throughout the day as needed. Support staff will be available to provide continued support. Please join us in keeping this young man’s family in your thoughts and prayers”
Reverend Christopher Devron also sent out a statement that was posted by several online media outlets.
“The Fordham Prep community is profoundly saddened to acknowledge the passing of a member of its sophomore class,” Devron stated. “We are united in prayer and support for his family and friends and all the members of our community who mourn this terrible loss. Fordham Prep’s crisis team and counseling staff have developed a plan and resources to support our students.”
Kelly’s mother, Jen Kane Kelly, posted on Facebook that a celebration of Owen’s life would be held Thursday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pocantico Hills Fire Hall at 531 Bedford Road in Tarrytown. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Transfiguration Church.
“We are so grateful to get to read your stories about Owen. He was smart, funny, cute, and above all a kind, decent human. But he did all of that in an extraordinary way that touched us and leaves a hole that feels impossible to fill. We’re all better for having known him,” Mrs. Kelly stated.
“He knew he was loved. He was a happy boy. And I know he would have agreed with RJ Palacio here, “The best way to measure how much you’ve grown isn’t by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average– though those things are important, to be sure. It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you’ve touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success,” she stated.