Irvington Police Officer Severely Injured by Teen Car Thief
Chief Michael P. Cerone of the Irvington Police Department reports the following:
At approximately 9:05 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 the Irvington Police Department was informed that the Elmsford Police Department was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle that was heading west on Rt. 119.
Irvington Police Officers were dispatched to assist.
The stolen vehicle, a 2001, blue Ford Mustang had entered Irvington and was traveling south on North Broadway (US Rt. 9) at a high rate of speed. The stolen vehicle subsequently collided with one of the responding Irvington Police marked units at the intersection of Broadway and Main Street. The Irvington Officer was not in pursuit of the stolen vehicle.
The operator of the stolen vehicle is a 16-year-old white/male from Connecticut. At this time Irvington Police Detectives are confirming his identity. He was extricated from his vehicle by the Irvington Volunteer Fire Department and sustained injuries to his back and legs. He was transported to the Westchester Medical Center for treatment.
The Police Officer, Luigi Osso, a 6-year Police-Veteran who served with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Irvington Police Department, was tended to by members of the Irvington and Dobbs Ferry Volunteer Ambulance Corps, as well as the Greenburgh Paramedics. Officer Osso was extricated from his vehicle by the Irvington Volunteer Fire Department and transported to the Westchester Medical Center for treatment. Police Officer Osso sustained severe head trauma and serious injuries to his entire body. He has undergone several surgeries and is currently in critical but stable condition.
Irvington Police detectives are currently conducting a full investigation and are being assisted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, the Westchester Department of Public Safety, the Dobbs Ferry Police Department, the Ardsley Police Department, the Tarrytown Police Department and the Elmsford Police Department.
Officer Osso’s family members were notified and are at his side.