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ID Released For Man Killed In Route 22 Head-On Crash In Putnam

A head-on crash that killed a Hopewell Junction man, closed Route 22 from Milltown Road and Lakeview Plaza for more than four hours.
A head-on crash that killed a Hopewell Junction man, closed Route 22 from Milltown Road and Lakeview Plaza for more than four hours. Photo Credit: Google Maps

A Dutchess County man has been identified as the victim of a head-on crash on Route 22 in Southeast on Tuesday, according to Putnam County Sheriff's office.

Killed in the crash was Gelsomino Lombardo, 59, of Hopewell Junction, said Capt. William McNamara.

Injured were Peter V. Cardone, 72, and his wife, Josephine C. Cardone, 69, both of Bayside in Queens, police said.

According to preliminary reports, Lombardo was driving alone in a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse heading northbound on Route 22 just north of the Milltown Road intersection in Southeast. His car crossed over into the southbound lane of the road and ran head-on into a 2015 Mercedes-Benz SUV that Mrs. Cardone was driving.

Deputies Kevin Radovich and Thomas Curran were patrolling in a car on Route 22 and came upon the crash just moments after it occurred. They found the Cardones in their vehicle, both with injuries but conscious and alert.

They found Lombardo in his car, unconscious and with no vital signs, McNamara said.

The deputies extracted Lombardo from his car, assisted in that task by a passing federal Homeland Security Investigator, Agent Brian Dalrymple. The deputies then performed CPR on Lombardo, he added.

Minutes later, New York State troopers arrived on the scene with an automated external defibrillator (AED), which the troopers and deputies administered until paramedics arrived on the scene and joined in the efforts to revive Lombardo.

After repeated efforts, Lombardo was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Cardone's were taken to Danbury Hospital by the Brewster Ambulance Corps and the Patterson Ambulance Corps. Mrs. Cardone had injuries to her ankle, back, and neck and Mr. Cardone with apparent injuries to his neck and back, McNamara said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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