A New York City man whose car broke down on an upstate highway was struck and killed by a vehicle while playing catch with his son as they waited for a tow truck, authorities said.
Nicholas Barba of the Bronx was driving east on Interstate 84 Saturday night when his vehicle broke down in the Orange County town of Wawayanda.
Troopers say Barba, 35, was tossing a baseball with his son on the highway's shoulder when an errant throw sent the ball across the interstate and into the median. Police say Barba retrieved the ball and was crossing back over when he was hit by a vehicle.
Barba was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. His family later set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to pay for his funeral and other expenses.
Troopers say the driver won't be charged.