Longtime RPD veteran struck, killed by pickup truck while riding bike with son in Canandaigua

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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WROC) — The Rochester Police Department confirmed late Thursday night that Lt. Aaron Colletti, a 21 year veteran of the force — has died as a result of an off-duty incident.

Police say 44-year-old Colletti was riding his bike with his teenage son on Woolhouse Road in Canandaigua around 8 p.m. when he was struck by a pickup truck.

RPD officials say Colletti succumbed to his injuries and that his death is “untimely and tragic.” Officials say Colletti’s son was also struck, but had only minor, non-life threatening injuries.

Ontario County Sheriff’s Office officials say the driver of the pickup truck was 70-year-old Canandaigua resident James Miller, who officials say lived nearby on the same road where the crash occurred. At this time no charges have been filed, but officials say the investigation is ongoing.

Colletti is survived by his wife, and four children.

Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary said in a tweet following the incident that Colletti was a “father, a husband, a brother, a man of faith, and a public servant.”

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren released a statement Friday regarding Lt. Colletti’s death:

“Our community mourns the loss of Lieutenant Aaron Colletti. Lt. Colletti was dedicated to protecting Rochester and was a man of deep faith. A faith he was sharing just yesterday while praying with strangers outside our Public Safety Building for a better world.

My heart is with his wife and four children as they mourn this unbelievable loss. I know our City and our community will hold them and lift them up. Let us all acknowledge and pray for them.”

Statement from the Rochester Police Locust Club:

“Once again, we find our family unexpectedly lessened in numbers by one. But that alone does not exemplify what this loss means to all of us. Another tragedy, a pain that is beyond words, that his loving wife and children must bear. A loss that is also painfully felt by Aaron’s second family, his brothers and sisters of the Rochester Police Locust Club.

It is a time for us to reflect and console each other on a loss at a time when the stress of our difficult work bears heavily on us as well.

Our brother had deep faith, his last day of work with our family was working to bridge the gap between those we serve and his brothers and sisters through prayer.

May our brother rest in peace, may his family find comfort and strength in their love for Aaron. Let Aaron’s last day of work remind all of us how important our work is and how our work can mean so much more than we realize.

God bless our brother’s family; they are a part of our family and will be forever!”

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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