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UPDATE: Vet, Kings Park Native Killed After Birthday Celebration in Smithtown Accident

Seamus Byrne, 33 was killed while crossing Main Street in Smithtown after birthday celebration at Napper Tandy's.

Rain soaked the makeshift memorial on Monday morning that has been erected for Seamus Byrne, an army veteran who received the Purple Heart for his service in Afghanistan who was killed early Sunday morning as he was trying to cross a section of Main Street in Smithtown.

Byrne was a resident of Smithtown who grew up in Kings Park – he graduated from Kings Park High School in 1997 – where his family has been for generations and still remain.

Friends say Byrne was leaving a party in honor of his 33rd birthday  Sunday when he was hit by a 1998 Honda driven by Michael Armentano, 24, of Smithtown at approximately 1:45 a.m.

According to Detective Sergeant Ed Compagnone of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Fourth Precinct, Byrne was crossing Main Street when he was struck. He was taken by ambulance to Stony Brook University where he was pronounced dead. Byrne’s wife Michelle was present at the time the accident occurred.

Armentano, who was not charged in the incident, was questioned and released by police.

This location was the scene of another fatal accident that occurred two years ago where 11-year-old Courtney Snipes was struck and killed. The driver, Maureen Lambert, was high on heroin at the time of the accident and was charged with vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. Lambert was sentenced to 4 to 12 years in jail.

Byrne leaves behind a wife, his 10-year-old son, Seamus and his three-year-old daughter Ashley. Funeral arrangements are being made by Clayton Funeral Home of Kings Park but have not been completed yet.

Michele March 02, 2011 at 02:09 PM
obviously a traggic accident. my condolences to all <3
cathy March 03, 2011 at 05:40 PM
my son came home and said Mom I saw something I will never forget, he was at Napper Tandy's the night Seamus Byrne passed away. I said to pray for his family. Even though I do not know this family I could not stop thinking about them, they are and will continue to be in my prayers.
Parent March 03, 2011 at 06:06 PM
To the family, We are so saddened for your loss and our prayers are with you.
Rachelle Anne Piccolo-Perez March 03, 2011 at 06:47 PM
I met the Byrne Family many years ago, wonderful people. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers. Seamus will always be a Hero to his country and to his Family, God Bless you all! Rachelle
marie C March 03, 2011 at 09:36 PM
May his loving family have continued strength thru this awful tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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