"It's something that didn't have to happen," said Donnelly. "Here's a gentleman dressed in darker clothes At least if he was in the cross walk, this wouldn't have had to happen. He just didn't see him."
When police responded, Donnelly said, Zamora was still breathing. In his pocket, police found several pieces of identification, though the last name on one of the credit cards found was not the same as Zamora's.
"I'm told, culturally, that could have been his mother's name," said Donnelly.
Donnelly questioned the roommates about Zamora's real name, and he said the roommates were "sketchy about his name."
When Donnelly could not get answers from Zamora's roommates, he contacted the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement services to try to confirm his identity.
"I contacted ICE immigration services, and they had no record of him," Donnelly said. "I spent quite a bit of time trying to track down the family."
What Donnelly did find out was that Zamora has been in the country since at least 2006, when he was arrested in Rockland County for what appears to be a domestic assault incident, for which he was convicted of criminal contempt in the second degree.
"Before that, we really don't know when he came to the country," Donnelly said.
Next, Donnelly contacted the U.S. National Secretary for Migration, also known as Casa Del Ecuadoriana, a federal organization that helps immigrants reconnect with the families they left behind, as well as many other services.
According to Pablo Calle, a representative from the U.S. NSM, the agency is run in collaboration with the government in Ecuador, and mostly helps those who cannot afford the services the agency provides on their own.
"The support that we provide these kind of victims, we help them basically ship the body to Ecuador," Calle said.