Local Support Pours in for Esteemed Westchester Restaurateur Killed in Traffic Accident

The owner of Mount Vernon mainstay Johnny’s Pizzeria was killed in a tragic highway pileup.

Maria Piscopo, co-owner of Johnny’s Pizzeria in Mount Vernon, was killed tragically in a chain-reaction car crash along I-684 early Saturday morning.

Reports indicate that around 1 a.m. Piscopo was being driven home by her son, Joseph Piscopo, Jr., when the Brewster residents rear-ended a Dodge Dakota. When the two attempted to pull off onto the shoulder, a box-truck collided with the Piscopos’ SUV from behind. Both were taken by ambulance to Westchester Medical Center along with the truck driver, where the elder Piscopo was declared dead. She was 69.

Local support and sympathies for the Piscopo family have been pouring in across social media this week. Funeral services will be held at Yannantuono Burr Davis Sharpe Funeral Home in Mount Vernon this Thursday and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Sts. Peter & Paul and St. Ursula Church this Saturday.

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Johnny’s was opened in 1942 by Joseph, Jr.’s grandfather (also named Joseph) and has been serving classic New York style thin-crust to the neighborhood for more than 75 years. Last December, Westchester Magazine named Johnny’s to our list of the county’s 38 Top Restaurants.

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