A 52-year-old from New York was Wyoming County’s first New Year’s fatality, following an all-terrain vehicle crash in Washington Township.
Meshoppen Police Chief John Krieg said that at 4:40 p.m., he was called to a Pierson’s Road location.
He identified the victim as Giovanni B. Mangogna, of Manorville, N.Y., and, according to a police complaint had last been seen at 3:15 p.m. when he departed on a 4x4 Polaris ATV and told his son and an acquaintance that he was going for a ride.
When Mangogna did not return, his 26-year-old son Antonino G. Mangogna, also of Manorville, and friend Giuseppe Simonetta, 45, of West Babylon, N.Y., became concerned.
After he failed to answer his cell phone, they left to look for Giovanni. After stopping at a neighbor’s house and confirming he had not been seen there either, they went back into the woods, and saw the lights on in the distance, Kreig wrote.
Once they located the lights, they discovered the ATV was on its side and lying on his father. The younger Mangogna said he attempted CPR but was unsuccessful. Simonetta then called for help.
Wyoming County Chief Deputy Coroner Eric Kukuchka pronounced the older Mangogna dead from multiple traumatic injuries. He ruled the death accidental and later said he believed weather may have been a factor.