WHITESBORO — Kevin Crossley “loved anything with a motor.”

"He loved riding his Harley-Davidson,” Whitesboro police Chief Dominick Hiffa said. “If it had a motor, it made him smile ... especially a police car."

Crossley, 34, a village of Whitesboro police officer, was killed Wednesday night in a motor vehicle accident on Oriskany Boulevard when his police vehicle and a pickup truck collided at the intersection of Westmoreland Street.

Hiffa described Crossley — who had been on the village force for seven years — as an upbeat person who liked to smile.

"His whole life dream was to be a police officer. His job was his dream," Hiffa said. "He loved his job. He was a great guy to work with."

Crossley is the son of George and Linda Crossley, "born and brought up in Whitesboro," Hiffa said.

He wasn't married and didn't have children. He did have a girlfriend, Missy Jackson, Hiffa said.

When asked how the nine other officers at the police department were handling the tragedy, Hiffa said, "They're doing OK. ... Time heals all."

He also noted the outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming as food and flowers have been sent to the department.

"Everybody sticks together," he said.

The investigation continues into how the accident happened.

Police said that at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, Crossley was driving east on Oriskany Boulevard when Nicole Moshier-Harris, 26, of Whitesboro, driving a Chevrolet Avalanche, attempted to make a left turn onto Westmoreland Street as she was headed west on Oriskany Boulevard.

Both drivers had a green light, and the front of Moshier-Harris' vehicle and the driver’s side of the patrol car collided, authorities said. The Avalanche was stopped at the intersection while the patrol car ended up in the parking lot of Tony’s Pizzeria close to the building. The boulevard was closed for several hours between Route 291 and Clinton Street.

After the accident, Moshier-Harris was taken to the St. Luke’s Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System for treatment of a broken ankle and has since been released, police said. Crossley was taken to the St. Elizabeth Campus, where he was pronounced dead.

State Police Troop D Commander Philip Rougeux said there was "no indication of drugs or alcohol" being a factor. So far, no charges have been filed.

This was the first line-of-duty death for the department.

Crossley worked full time for the village police force and recently picked up part-time hours for the Town of Whitestown Police Department.

At the time of the crash, he was on duty for the village driving a slicked-down version of a patrol car that did not have a light bar. He was not headed to a call, police said.

There also was no camera in the vehicle, but police have been able to retrieve camera footage from nearby buildings to review for their investigation, Rougeux said.

As the police investigation continued, the community rallied over the tragedy.

"I knew Kevin since he was in high school. He was a friend of my sons," said Don Hartman, owner of Potting Shed Antiques on Oriskany Boulevard. "Kevin loved what he was doing. It's a tremendous loss."

Hartman also said it made him proud to see Crossley working to protect his community after watching him grow up over all those years.

Elsewhere in the community, Whitesboro firefighters also were mourning Crossley. Fire chief Peter Sobel confirmed Crossley was a volunteer with the department from 2002 to 2014.

"Kevin was a fireman here (previously)," said assistant Fire Chief George Massarotti. "He was a helluva guy. He would do anything for you."

Contact reporter Jolene Cleaver at 315-792-4956 or follow her on Twitter (@OD_Cleaver).

*Note: This story has been updated from its original version to reflect years Crossley served on the Whitesboro Fire Department.

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