A donation drive is underway at a local barbershop raising funds for the family of a Bellmore man by a car while crossing Washington Avenue in Seaford.
Antonio Salerno worked for many years as a part-time barber at on 1702 Washington Ave., Seaford. It was while walking to his car across the street from the barbershop on Nov. 26 at 5:47 p.m. that the 73-year old Salerno was struck by a male driver from Seaford before being pronounced dead 28 minutes later at a local hospital.
One of the owners of Washington Hair Stylists, who goes by the name "Joe the barber", said he decided soon after Salerno's tragic death to raise funds for his grieving family. A donation jar was placed in front of the business and will remain there until the end of the week.
"Tony meant a lot to the community," he said. "People have been very generous."
Salerno, a longtime Bellmore resident, was the barber to many in the local community including president Peter Ruffner. "He was a really nice gentleman," Ruffner said. "He always had a smile on his face."