Edgewood resident Kristopher Hambas, a Scarsdale High School class of 2004 alumnus, died Wednesday, Nov. 21 in a fiery car crash on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Hambas, 32, was driving toward Brooklyn at 7 a.m. when a pickup truck rear-ended his vehicle, causing him to rear-end an SUV. That SUV also rear-ended another SUV.
The other drivers and passengers involved in the crash suffered only minor injuries.
According to video footage on social media, the pickup truck, Hambas’s vehicle and one of the SUV’s could be seen engulfed in flames with a large pillar of smoke coming from the wreckage as rush hour traffic was stopped several yards away. The accident caused an hourlong delay on the bridge.
According to his mother, Martie Marsala Hambas of Edgewood, Hambas was pursuing a career in film and was on his way to a film set when the crash occurred. He had studied set design and camera work and pursued acting and modeling. He had worked as a production assistant, grip and cameraman and appeared in pilot films and on “Law and Order.”
His family said Hambas “always had a larger than life personality, very outgoing and charismatic, making him the perfect fit for the entertainment industry he was passionate about.”
According to his mother, Hambas was “an incredibly loving son, brother, cousin, uncle, nephew, boyfriend and friend, with an immense number of friends” across this continent and throughout Europe, Asia and South Africa, based upon the calls, emails and stories shared after his death.
According to Hambas’s Facebook page he was also a tattoo artist. He commonly used his Facebook page to reach out to people interested in helping him with his film career.
Hambas’s mother said he was well known in school for being inclusive of both the popular and less popular students.
“His smile and his energy were contagious. He inspired everyone he met to pursue their passions in life and their creativity, the word ‘no’ was never a part of his vocabulary as he always was a true artist marching to the beat of his own drum and liberating others to do the same,” his family said.
Hambas is survived by his mother, Martie, his father, Nicholas Hambas of Brooklyn, his five siblings — Kristin, Chip (Nicholas), Kyle, Kory-Michael and Noëlle-Nicole, two grandparents and his great-grandmother.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Hambas family with funeral expenses. Funeral arrangements will be announced next week.
— Reporting by Robert Christie and Valerie Abrahams