Police in the Rockland County town of Ramapo say their investigation into the accident in which a car being driven by off duty Peekskill Police Officer Jonathan Mosquera struck and killed a man remains ongoing, and as such it will be weeks before any possible charges are brought against the officer.
“Usually, fatal action investigations take up to more than a month and anything that results out of those investigations, such as any charges, happens at the end of the investigation,” Ramapo police Lt. Mark Emma told The Peekskill Post Tuesday. “We don’t piecemeal things as we go along.”
When asked if Officer Mosquera has or is facing any disciplinary action as a result of the accident, Peekskill Chief of Police Eric Johansen said he could not comment.
According to televised and published reports, which Emma confirmed, Mosquera was traveling to work on Route 202 in Ramapo shortly before midnight on Sept. 7 when Marcos Tawil, 17, and David Maldonado, 19, were struck by the 2016 Lexus he was driving. It is alleged that Mosquera attempted to pass a vehicle traveling in the eastbound lane of Route 202 on the left. The cars collided and Mosquera’s car went into the westbound lane, striking the victims, ultimately killing Tawil. Maldonado suffered serious injuries and was taken to Westchester Medical Center.
Emma said that it could be several weeks before the investigation is completed and any charges are filed.
“For example, we have a fatality and somebody does not have a license,” Emma explained. “We wouldn’t give that person that ticket that day. We would wait until the whole investigation is complete because we may be giving that person more tickets or there are other things that come up. We wait until the end.”
Mosquera, a 24-year-old Suffern resident, came to the Peekskill Police Department from the City of Newburgh Police Department. He was sworn in by Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina at the Feb. 8 Common Council meeting, and in May, he played a key role in bringing a heroin overdose victim back to life.
At Mosquera’s swearing in, Johansen said the following:
“I highly recommend him. He served in the City of Newburgh for a few years and what particularly impressed me about Jonathan was his work with the youth in the high school and I expect good things from him in the city.”