THORNWOOD, N.Y. (AP) – An eyewitness says a Pace University football player killed by police came to a near-stop when an officer stepped in front of his car but then sped up and struck him.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

Easton native D.J. Henry died last October at a Thornwood, N.Y., shopping mall. Students had spilled into the parking lot during a homecoming celebration.

Read: Justice Dept. To Review Henry Shooting

Finnegan’s Grill owner Stephen Van Ostrand tells The Journal News that Officer Aaron Hess put up his hand and Henry slowed down.

He says Hess then yelled “stop” but Henry “hit the gas pedal.” Ostrand says Hess was knocked onto the hood and opened fire.

Also See: No Charges In Henry’s Death

Ostrand testified before a Westchester County grand jury, which declined to indict Hess and another officer.

Henry’s family attorney was not immediately available for comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (15)
  1. sullyinma says:

    This is not good news for the Henry family’s quest for the truth.

    1. blackbear1 says:

      sullyinma, do you mean the truth as they wish it to be?? Sorry but the family needs grief counseling and must get out of denial. Also, they cannot continue to try and paint a picture that isn’t there. They cannot continue to automamatically vilify law enforcement and consider there position to be a “slam dunk”. They cannot continue to take the word of other drunken students as accurate witness accounts.

      1. Cynic says:

        You were making some valid points until you got to the term…”DRUNKEN STUDENTS”…. You blew it on that one.

      2. BJD says:

        Amen blackbear1! my thoughts exactly.
        And cynic, DJ Henry was drunk. behind the wheel. do you think that had anything to do with his reaction/the accident?

      3. Don says:


        You mean the owner of the place which helps get people drunk telling the police that someone actually was drunk? Some credible witness here.

    2. Cynic says:

      Only if in fact his version of what happened is true.Grand Jury testimony is supposed to be strictly SECRET… Who is doing the Leaking and why? Is it the authorities that were present in the Grand Jury room or or the Defense that has no access to secret Grand Jury testimony?

  2. BJD says:

    I wonder if this truth is enough for the Henry family, or if they will still continue searching for the truth that they’re looking for.

  3. Cynic says:

    Did he speed up Before or After He was shot? In Court Mr. Van Ostrand will be closely examined to reveal whatever bias he may have and other testimony will be compared with his to determine if in fact his testimony is truthful. This is called the JUSTICE SYSTEM….Up to now it hasn’t been used.

    1. blackbear1 says:

      Cynic, you are the one who has blown it!!

  4. massman says:

    Right on blackbear and BJD. How dare black parents question the actions of white police officers resulting in the shooting death of their unarmed son.

    1. BJD says:

      I never said it had anything to do with race. And their son was armed with a 3 ton wheapon

  5. cann davis says:

    Several eyewitnesses have voiced he was shot first.

  6. D says:

    I am in complete shock! I met DJ at the Hugo Boss store in Wrentham Massachusetts about 2 years ago. What a great person. We hit it off immediately and exchanged numbers and email. I had a personal tragedy in my family last year October and was out of the country. My God I am speechless!I am truly sorry for his loss. I don’t know what happened but may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.

  7. LetsGetReal says:

    From reading the documents that have been released by the lawyer represnting the parents of DJ Henry, it is clear this incident has nothing to do with race. It is also fairly consistent that DJ was going to fast for a parking lot. Even the persons who are friends of DJ infer that he was going at a good rate of speed. One of his friends does say he was not in the fire lane as stated in the media, DJ was going slow. But there are several other persons who state he was in the fire lane. Also several person say he came aroud the corner at a good rate of speed, one heard him screech his tires. In many of the statements persons state the officer had his hand up signaling DJ to stop, and the officer was also yelling at him to stop. Atleast two persons state that the vehicke lurched at the officer and one states the vehice accelerated at the officer. The fact is there was a large crowd of persons who weree angry that the bar closed because of a fight in the bar. And the situation was chaotic and DJ may have been just trying to get out of there as fast as he could because he was drunk and behind the wheel of a car. One of the passengers even said in his statement he couldn’t see out of the front window because of condensation. Maybe DJ didn’t see the Officer before he struck him who knows. However the Officer was struck by a car and the car keep going with the Officer on the hood if DJ stopped as soon as hit the Officer DJ would still be alive. This is very simple DJ was drunk his judgement was clouded and he was shoot by an Officer who was in fear of losing his life. DJ’s parents need to accept that DJ caused his own demise by making a series of poor decisions. I am not trying to be hard or cold towards the DJ family my heart goes out to them, But all the money on the world won’t bring DJ back. I am also surprised the Officer has not filed a lawsuit agaist the Henry family, for the pain and suffering he has endured because of the reckless actions of there son and for deformation of his character, just a thought.

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