Man arrested in Buchanan hit-and-run fatal

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HAWTHORNE – A 44-year-old Buchanan man was arrested on Sunday and
charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting death as a felony.

Eric Werner was taken into custody at 5:30 p.m.

He was charged with fleeing in a 2014 Jeep Cherokee that struck and killed
Joseph Orichello, 63, of Buchanan on Albany Post Road in the early morning
hours on Saturday.

Buchanan Police were notified at 12:48 a.m. that a man was lying in the
roadway just north of Bleakley Avenue. Orichello was found dead, the apparent
victim of a hit-and-run.

Westchester County Police were asked to join the investigation and detectives
from the General Investigations Unit responded as well as crime scene
detectives from the Forensic Investigation Unit. Patrol officers from
the Accident Investigation team also assisted at the scene.

Detectives developed information about a possible suspect and vehicle.

Werner was taken into custody on Sunday at his home. The vehicle involved
was located elsewhere.