Peekskill Police Officer One of 2 Killed in Goshen Car Crash

Peekskill Officer Julian Hermosillo, 29, of Orange County, was declared dead at the scene Sunday night after he was injured during a head-on collision.

A Peekskill police officer was one of two people who died Sunday night after he crashed his Jeep Wrangler into an Audi on Route 17 in the Village of Goshen.

Julian Hermosillo, 29, of Chester, was declared dead at the scene after he was injured on Route 17, near Exit 122A in Orange County, according to state police. Giuseppa Avanzato, 90, Oneonta, Otsego, died later in Orange Regional Medical Center from internal injuries she suffered while riding in a rear passenger seat of the Audi.

The accident happened at about 8:41 p.m. when Hermosillo, who was off-duty at the time, was travelling east in a 1994 Jeep Wrangler when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the guiderail into the westbound lane.

Hermosillo then collided with a 2011 Audi driven by Vincenzo Avanzato, 57, of Oneonta. Avanzato and his family were heading home from Connecticut, according to state troopers.

Vincenzo Avanzato is currently recovering from his injuries at the critical care unit of the Orange Regional Medical Center. Two other passengers in the Audi, Ruth Avanzato, 56, and Marco Lelli, 19, were treated at the hospital and released.

Peekskill police Sgt. Raymond Henderlong said troopers stopped by the police headquarters Sunday night to inform the department of Hermosillo’s death.

 “The troopers were extremely respectful and they deserved to be praised for doing that for us,” Henderlong said.

Hermosillo transferred from the Wallkill police department more than two years ago. He was recognized earlier this year for performing CPR on a man and saving his life.

“He was an extremely nice guy and he always had a smile on his face,” Henderlong said of Hermosillo. “He was very well respected. Not only in this department, but outside as well.”

Henderlong said that Hermosillo’s family resided in California and funeral arrangements are still being worked out.

Henderlong said the department lost another officer in 1997 when Michael Neuner, who also volunteered as a firefighter in Brewster, died while fighting a fire.

“We’re a small department and we’re like a family,” Henderlong said. ‘Unfortunately, some of the things we deal with are hard to think about all of the time, but we also have to look at some of the good things that we’ve done to save lives. We have to remember the good and know that we have helped bring joy to people’s lives.”

The accident remains under investigation.

Chris November 13, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Many police officers of Hispanic heritage have died in the past few months off duty. Ester Sanzo, Reginald Velez and now Julian Hermosillo. Not saying that their ethnic background had anything to did with it but they all died in car wrecks. I don't think Police are required to wear seat belts and possibly they were not wearing them during their crashes.
jeff meyer November 13, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Yes!!! Forgive me. My unfortunate oversight. JM Tuckahoe, NY
Nelson Main November 14, 2012 at 08:11 AM
@stephany you are alluding to a police cover-up, fautly investigation, official misconduct, dwi, and homicide. you are full of hipocracy. you say you give your condolences to all involved, but that couldn't be furthest from the truth. you've already created a conspiracy and accused one party involved of purposely causing this tragic incident. i hope you feel privileged. to sit behind your computer and point your insulting finger, you must hold yourself in high regard. you probably think of yourself as highly intelligent because you attempt to raise an arbitrary arguement. i think of you as what's exactly wrong with this country. we alll will meet our maker one day. good luck with your's.
JM Butler November 14, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Julian was a dear friend of my family. He was not only a decorated police officer, but he was also a war veteran and an exemplary individual. Does it really matter what caused the crash? The man is dead. Would you like the police to issue him a summons for a traffic infraction? My heartfelt condolences go out, not only to the Hermosillo family, but to the Avanzato family. May both Julian and Mrs. Avanzato rest in peace.
JM Butler November 14, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Well said. Stephany obviously has issues. I knew Julian Hermosillo personally and I can only say good things about him. I wish his family and the Avanzato families peace and comfort in the upcoming days.
JM Butler November 14, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Beth - thank you for your kind comment. I knew Julian, as well and he was a wonderful, caring person. I feel terrible for ALL of the people involved. Two families are mourning the loss of their loved ones (myself, included). As for what caused it - WHO CARES???? It won't bring anyone back. Why the morbid curiosity? LET IT GO...
stephany November 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM
the article says this in the first paragraph "after HE crashed HIS Jeep Wrangler into an Audi . how do you translate that.i don't need to.it says what it says. you got a complaint talk to the patch did you miss this from john basic above. "Stephany, a woman died in the accident but can we at least see what happened before saying the officer killed her. There is plenty of time to spout out thoughts after the cause of the accident is determined." my reply "ok i can agree to that" i have looked at the location of the incident. it is a straight road there and no obvious reason for anyone to not be in their lane.if there was a blow out they already know it if there was a car that hit him and left paint they know it already or at least be able to say there is that possibility due to foreign paint evidence. front end mechanical malfunction should be available already. the longer they take the more people will wonder why.especially the obvious stuff. have they issued a request for anyone in the vicinity at the time to come forward with information.. if not why not. a rational person could reasonably conclude they know what happened and don't need witnesses. If they did issue a legitimate request where is it + police receive intensive driver training that can,should and does still remain at their disposal,albeit not in a souped up car, when off duty it includes what to do if things like blowouts occur and numerous accident avoidance techniques.
JM Butler November 14, 2012 at 08:23 PM
With all the time you have on your hands (You went to see the scene of the accident? That's twisted!) you should either volunteer for a worthy cause or learn proper punctuation. I'm not going to continue this with you. Julian Hermosillo was an amazing human being. He's dead and nothing will bring him back to us. We lost a fine example of what a young person should strive to be. I will miss him greatly.
Mel November 14, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Stephany: If you think you are so highly skilled and looked at this accident, why dont you become an accident reconstruction specialist?? Obviously if the car malfunctioned how do you expect that to be determined if the vehicle hit the guardrail, then another vehicle?? Do you really think they can tell what happened before the wreck and what happened during. Ur an ignorant person! Things take time. And in a case like this there will be law suits, so there "i"s have to be dotted and there "t"s crossed with no error. It was very unfortunate this has taken place for both families and u have to ASSUME he did this intentionally. I highly doubt it accident happen every day, thats why they are called accidents! He served our country and protected our people day in and day out including your dumb self! Show him some respect. Get your degree become an accident reconstruction expert and lets see you have a full detailed report of an accident of this magnitude, with all triangulation measurements, photos and a full narrative in less then a week with no mistakes! It cant be done! You act like they have no other work to do except please people like you. Oh and dont forget the media will piece what they want into an article even when the full report is done! God rest both their souls and deepest condolences to both the families.
stephany November 15, 2012 at 01:33 PM
please quote me where i said i went to the scene then tell me why you as a cop don't know about google earth and how you know how much time i have on my hands. i resent you telling me what i should do with 1 minute of my time, and how you know i am not a volunteer already is beyond me. i am sure everyone would like to know EXACTLY what your relationship with julian was and what it is exactly that made him amazing in your eyes Definition of AMAZING : causing amazement, great wonder, or surprise
stephany November 15, 2012 at 01:38 PM
"and u have to ASSUME he did this intentionally" please quote me where i said that. and who do you think will be getting sued. you must have someone in mind. they rest of your comment-meh
Mel November 15, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Here you go Stephany: Your post! stephany 9:14 pm on Monday, November 12, 2012 how exactly do you know that. i mean the "investigation"will show that but how do you know it was an accident. Those are your words! "How do you know it was an accident" That to me sounds like your saying he did it intentionally! Here is your other comment regarding where it took place! i have looked at the location of the incident. it is a straight road there and no obvious reason for anyone to not be in their lane.As to whom will be getting sued it will be the insurance companies and his family has a darn good chance to sue the state because thats what guard rails are for to prevent a car going from one side to the other! Yeah you would have nothing to say about the rest of the comment because all you are doing is bashing the officers doing their job day in and day out! I think you should put yourself in their shoes for one day and see how hard reconstructing an accident really is!
Mel November 15, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Oh and btw there is another article regarding this accident from the same reporter saying how great of a woman she is and how they own a restaurant where they are from, how she still went to cook there at times. This is local news so yes they will make the article more about a fine young man who served his country and protected people every day of his life. Just like the local paper most likely did from where the woman was from. Get your facts straight before you go ranting about something you have NO clue about. ( reconstructing an accident) Ignorant people like yourself give law enforcement no credit when they risk there life everyday for our protection and have so many other cases to deal with, and you expect answers on the spot. No matter where you work near or far we lost a brother in blue and its one big family. He deserves the recognition and respect he and his family are getting!
Trezza November 15, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I can not even read through all the posts with all the bickering! I just walked by the police station and saw officers in their dress uniforms carrying flags, I am assuming that they were preparing for a service for this young man. I was saddened and said a Hail Mary and crossed myself, praying that everyone involved will feel the power of God's presence in their lives and receive comfort from it.
stephanie November 17, 2012 at 08:00 PM
You people need to grow up there were two people who died in that accident show respect to both of the families
Jennifer Lofgren November 20, 2012 at 12:37 AM
RIP Julian! Anyone who knew him knew he was amazing! Accidents happen and can happen to anyone.
stephany November 25, 2012 at 01:53 AM
unfortunate oversight--maybe once but not twice,and i am sure if i looked around i would find more. now we know where you really stand. RIP Officer Hermosillo. Thank you for your service. God's grace and comfort to your family. JM Tuckahoe, NY http://www.lohud.com/comments/article/20121112/NEWS/311120083/Off-duty-Peekskill-cop-killed-upstate-crash
stephany November 25, 2012 at 01:57 AM
2 weeks,no update,no progress,no mechanical malfunction. hmmm. don't need the final report just something to reassure that didn't find anything. what can you rule out after almost 2 weeks
stephany November 25, 2012 at 02:00 AM
"Why are you denigrating a dead man" quote what you are talking about please stephany said "not saying anyone did anything wrong,
stephany November 25, 2012 at 02:11 AM
"That to me sounds like your saying he did it intentionally! " only to you and the you know whats could possibly draw that conclusion.we have different definitions of the word accident . all accidents are not caused accidentally. a mv accident is in it;s simplest form when there is some kind of a collision..whether or not it was done accidentally or from being impaired in some way [including being tired] or driving an unsafe vehicle too fast is not , to me,an accident..it is deliberate accident reconstruction is basically a computer program-you get out what you put in. if that were not the case how can the defense and the persecutors have completely different scenarios-both probably wrong,adjusted to their theories and desired outcome
Seany November 29, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Look, the woman actually died of a heart attack and was in the back seat. Stephany, please put your foot in your mouth. It makes you seem less... Insensitive....
stephany December 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM
and because you said so it is fact. pardon me for my skepticism. seany,,,,sounds like an irish cop nic.Oh and the heart attack was caused by ??????? what--or are we expected to believe she had the heart attack [if she even did] and it was unrelated to the incident. dead is dead and whether it was from contact,fright or something else, it don't matter. where is the report or can't the cops even believe it.. all i want to know is what happened to cause him to jump the divider.forget about what happened after or how she died. get to the meat.stop avoiding it. it is a simple question.. what caused him to jump the divider when hundreds if not thousands of cars managed to not jump it that very day and many at the same relative point in time.tires, front end, steering, debris, what does she was in the back seat and died of a heart attack do for anyone who chooses to believe it on your say so,anyone at all. it is spin. it appears the patch is no longer interested in the cause.why bother reporting it at all. have you been gagged or just don't care. it is becoming a bad habit and please quote where you think i have been insensitive,why it is insensitive and whom my alleged insensitiveness affected.
Seany December 05, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Lets see here. You are the ONLY person who seems to be fighting this. Why don't you find something else to do with your time? You seem to thrive on this. So I will not argue with you, besides all I heard you is "blah blah blah, look at me! I want attention!" Also, I do not think you have ANY stake in these matters. From what I have read, it seems to lead to you thinking this a cover up. Both families and friends are grieving. Let the families deal with it and you go jump into the river. Problem solved, problem staying solved. Sappers lead the way.
stephany December 30, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Any updates on the alleged investigation. even if they are not done they must have ruled out something by now. what do they know was "not" the cause.I am not even interested in what happened after crossed the guardrail,only before. What was it that caused him and no one else to lose control. I m not insinuating anything-maybe it was mechanical, but i think they would have said so by now. just asking for a simple meaningful, believable, update. no undetermined car was too mangled,no blood test results gibberish please. seems patch is in the pocket..otherwise make a few calls Rasheed. It's been 7 weeks. I think it is important for a report,even if partial, to be made known. we paid for an investigation and a report is part of it
T Butler January 03, 2013 at 06:01 AM
Seriously, stephany, stop. Don't worry about it, how does it directly affect your life? It doesn't. Julian was my boyfriend and the love of my life and he's dead now. As is another human being. LET IT GO BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYMORE! Please, for the sake of me, his family and friends, and the Avonzato family just stop.
Mel January 03, 2013 at 01:59 PM
You have no life stephany! 519 in the morning and your worried about knowing what happened. Why don't you just take your lazy & selfish self down to the SP barracks tell them ur the person with no life that's making a big fuss over this incident and foil the reports. You are a disgrace to the human kind, get over it and move on, just like the friends and family are trying to do. Why don't you call the reporter and tell him don't write articles if he's not going to follow up on them. Get a life and let this go. Find something constructive to do with your time then creating more grief for his friends and family.
Seany January 03, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Stephany, let it go. You are beings crusader for the cause. The families involved have resolved it! You are NOT family!! There for IT IS NOT YOUR DAMN BUSSINESS.
JM Butler January 03, 2013 at 03:37 PM
T and Mel - don't give that idiot stephany any more of your time. Julian was a great guy and now he's gone. Stepheny is obviously a cop-hater and I can't wait til karma finds its way back to him/her/it (whatever stepheny is). I'm not going to give that IDIOT one more ounce of my time. Nor should you.
stephany January 10, 2013 at 04:37 AM
coming up on 2 months and counting. no news is very suspicious. how much has the taxpayer forked out for this alleged investigation. is there any proof at all that any at all was investigated, any trail,,a piece of paper, a file,anything at all btw jmbutless "Julian was a great guy and now he's gone" uhhh there is also a woman gone and missed and his car that he was driving killer her one would think even the cops would want to know why "he" was dead at least. everyone knows they don't care about Giuseppa Avanzato, 90 who was just not mentioned by jmbutless. is it that she was 90 or that she was not a cop.I think we all know the answer
stephany April 26, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Any updates on this, like a report


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