Newark Police and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office are investigating the fatal motor vehicle collision that took the life of Thomas Argenti, 18, of Pearl River late Tuesday night.
According to police, Argenti was struck by a car near East Kinney and McCarter Highway at approximately 10:30 p.m. after leaving the New Jersey Devils' hockey game at the Prudential Center. He was pronounced dead at approximately 11 p.m.
Argenti was a 2012 graduate of Pearl River High School and a student at Rockland Community College.
"Everybody you talk to about Tommy will tell you he was a perfect gentleman," Pearl River High School Principal William Furdon said. "A great kid. A kid that achieved a lot. He would do anything for anybody in the school.
"It is with great sadness that I report to you that Class of 2012 graduate, Thomas Argenti, passed away last night as a result of a being struck by a car," said Pearl River Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Morgano in a statement to to the district. "Bill Furdon has been in touch with the family, and the high school counselors have been meeting with students to comfort them. Thomas played football and lacrosse for the Pirates. I am sure that many of you who had Thomas in class or knew him through extra-curricular activities, remember him fondly. I know that you all join me in keeping Thomas and his family in your thoughts and prayers."
According to police, the 28-year-old driver of the vehicle that hit Argenti remained at the scene. No charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing.
Furdon said there will be a moment of silence at Pearl River's boys basketball game 5 p.m. today. Argenti played football and boys lacrosse at Pearl River.
"The kids may do things to remember him this spring," Furdon said. "We met with the seniors on the football team and the lacross team to talk through it."