MARCY – New York State Police and the Whitesboro Police Department held a joint news conference Thursday afternoon at state police barracks in Marcy to provide more information on the crash that killed Whitesboro Police Officer Kevin Crossley on Wednesday night.
Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Kevin Crossley was involved in a crash with a Chevrolet Avalanche at the intersection of Oriskany Boulevard and Westmoreland Street in Whitesboro.
According to State Police Major Philip Rougeux, Crossley was traveling eastbound on Oriskany Boulevard in his Whitesboro police cruiser when a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by 26-year-old Nicole Moshier-Harris of Whitesboro, which was headed westbound, attempted to turn left onto Westmoreland Street from a left-turn-only lane, and the two vehicles collided almost head-on as Crossley’s vehicle was traveling through the intersection.
Rougeux says a vehicle in the Tony's parking lot had to be moved aside by fire crews to gain access to Crossley's police car.
Crossley was then transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Moshier-Harris was transferred to the St. Luke’s Campus to be treated for injuries, and she was then released.
Rougeux says Crossley, who was working a 3-11 p.m. shift, was not responding to a call at the time of the crash. He was traveling in what Rougeux called a “low-profile, slick vehicle,” which did not have cruiser lights. Police are currently investigating why Crossley was headed in the direction he was going.
The area that the crash occurred is a 40 mph zone, and officials do not yet know the speed the vehicles were traveling at during the time of the crash. Rougeux said it's believed that both eastbound and westbound lanes had a green light at the time.
At this time, no tickets have been issued as the investigation is still in the preliminary stage. Rougeux says they are still investigating whether cell phone use or any other distractions played a part in the crash, and they say there is no indication of alcohol or drug use. It’s also unknown at this time whether or not the two drivers were wearing seatbelts.
Whitesboro Police Chief Dominick Hiffa says Officer Crossley was a seven-year full-time member of the Whitesboro Police Department, and he also worked part-time with the Whitestown Police Department.
He was a lifelong resident of the village of Whitesboro, and Hiffa says Crossley’s “whole life dream” was to be a police officer. He said Crossley loved coming to work every day and he was always upbeat.
“Like many of us in local police departments, we want to police where we’ve grown up and protect our communities and serve,” Hiffa said.
Hiffa says Crossley began as an intern with the Whitesboro Police Department and he was hired full-time in 2011.
“He loved his job and he was a great guy to work with,” Hiffa said. “Always upbeat, a lot of fun. Very good to people that he served.”
“He’ll be dearly missed by all of us and the community, and he served very well.”
Police say they are currently contacting businesses in the area to see if any of them captured surveillance footage of the crash. Anybody who was in the area and witnessed the crash Wednesday night is asked to call state police at 315-366-6000.
Photo of Officer Kevin Crossley courtesy of Facebook