An accident on Interstate 490 outside of Rochester on Thursday evening has claimed the life of a Portland native.
According to the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, Darren Manzella, 36, died after he was struck by an SUV while pushing a car on the Interstate in Pittsford around 8:30 p.m. Manzella had been living in the Rochester area in recent years.
Manzella served in the U.S. Army in Iraq and Kuwait as a medic. He also was a graduate of Brocton High School.
Darren Manzella, right, died outside of Rochester Thursday evening. He had married Javier Lapiera Soto on July 5 in Rochester.
Manzella gained national attention for his fight against the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that was directed toward gay servicemen.
In July, he married Javier Lapiera Soto.