SHOUT OUT: Friends, colleagues and loved ones of a well-known Hasbrouck Heights woman killed in a crash in Morris County in late June will gather tomorrow for an 11 a.m. “Celebration of Life” memorial mass at Corpus Christi Church, 218 Washington Pl., Hasbrouck Heights.
Puglisi, 43, was riding with a group of friends to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta for the “Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival” when her bike struck a chunk of rock or asphalt in the roadway.
Two others had swerved to avoid it just before her, witnesses said.
A Hasbrouck Heights High School graduate, Puglisi worked for 18 years at the Fountain Spa. She was also a volunteer at the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge shelter in Oakland.
“I hope her death will be linked with highway maintenance negligence — and hopefully even start a movement to make the roads safer,” close friend Jenny Pena told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “The police report said she hit a pothole, but those who were there know better.”
They include a couple of friends who were driving behind Puglisi in a car and witnessed the crash, as well as a rider who had his young daughter with him.
“She was a wonderful person and a shining star to many people,” Pena said.
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