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Carmel PD Officer Dies in Motorcycle Crash

Gary Pietropaolo Credits: Bob Dumas

KENT, N.Y. - A Carmel police officer was killed Thursday (June 7) when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a U.S. postal truck on Route 301 in Kent.

Kent police said they received a 9-1-1 call at around 4:30 p.m. reporting the crash on Route 301 near the area of Nimham Road. The first officers on the scene discovered the postal truck situated diagonally across the roadway with a male laying nearby.

Police determined the operator of the motorcycle was Carmel police officer Gary Pietropaolo, 29, of Fishkill. The investigation determined that he had been traveling eastbound on 301 and collided with the postal vehicle driven by Mary Gosney-Hyatt, 57, of Holmes, N.Y. Police said the postal vehicle had been pulling out of the driveway of a private residence.

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Police said Kent ambulance responded to the scene and transported Pietropaolo to Huestis Park where a helicopter was to land and transport him to Westchester Medical Center. While en route to the landing zone, police said Pietropaolo went into cardiac arrest and the ambulance was diverted to Putnam Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead. Pietropaolo was off-duty at the time of the accident.

Police closed Route 301 for several hours while an accident reconstruction was conducted by the Kent Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department. Police say the investigation is ongoing to determine the exact cause of the crash.

Pietropaolo graduated from the Westchester County Police Academy in 2011 and joined the Carmel Police Department in March 2016. He had worked with the SUNY New Paltz Police Department prior to that. His father is a retired Yonkers police officer.

A statement released by the Carmel Police Department said, "We are extremely saddened by the loss of Officer Gary Pietropaolo. He was a talented young man who took great pride in being a Carmel police officer. His tenacity for law enforcement was unparalleled and admired by his peers. Gary was well liked and respected by all of his fellow officers and colleagues and will be sorely missed. The entire Town of Carmel extends its deepest sympathies to his family, fiancé and friends and wish them peace as they move through this difficult time."

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