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Jun 1, 2019 6:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Quogue Man Killed In Single-Car Crash Saturday Morning

Jun 5, 2019 11:34 AM

An East Quogue man was killed Saturday morning in a single-car accident on Old Country Road near Lewis Road in East Quogue.

Gianni Mongelluzzo, 19, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Corvette when he crashed into a pole just before 9:30 a.m., according to Southampton Town Police.

Lieutenant Susan Ralph would not say what the cause of the accident was on Wednesday morning, only offering that alcohol was not involved.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Mongelluzzo’s father, Michael R. Mongelluzzo, asked family and friends to remember his son as “a perfect boy that made a bad decision.”

“When you think of Gianni, think of all the right things he has done and what he added to your lives, not the bad decision he made,” he wrote. “Please remember him as the bright light that always wanted to help the next person who may have needed it.”

In the post, Mr. Mongelluzzo described his son as having a “zest for life [with] a path that was just beginning.”

Mr. Mongelluzzo graduated from Westhampton Beach High School in 2018, where he was a member of the school’s National Honor Society. He had previously graduated from East Quogue Elementary School.

In a Facebook comment, Kelly Zaffuto, a fifth grade teacher at East Quogue Elementary School, called Mr. Mongelluzzo “the best to go through East Quogue School.

“He will forever be remembered for his gentle kindness,” she wrote.

William Hempfling, a social studies teacher at Westhampton Beach Middle School, remembered Mr. Mongelluzzo from seventh grade. “He was always a polite and respectful young man,” he wrote on Facebook.

Mr. Mongelluzzo had just completed his freshman year at Clemson University in South Carolina, according to his sister-in-law Amanda Mongelluzzo.

The 19-year-old East Quogue resident has also been a member of the Westhampton Beach baseball team. In 2013, Mr. Mongelluzzo pitched a complete game to win the Town of Brookhaven summer league baseball championship trophy. His team, the Atlantic Tides-MacDonald, defeated the Long Island Junior Ducks in the 12-and-under league.

In a Facebook comment, Julia Mongelluzzo described her cousin as “the most special person with such a beautiful soul.”

Visitation for Mr. Mongelluzzo will be held between 2 and 4 p.m. and 7 and 10 p.m. on Friday at R.J. O’Shea Funeral Home in Hampton Bays, according to the funeral home’s website. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Rosalie in Hampton Bays, to be followed by a burial at Westhampton Beach Cemetery.

Mr. Mongelluzzo is survived by his parents Zelda and Michael Mongelluzzo, and his siblings Ava, Michael and Frank.

His family wrote in an email, “I hope as you look down from heaven, you will see how many hearts you have touched.”

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He was 19 not 22
By FLFM126 (1), East Quogue on Jun 2, 19 9:06 AM
Thank you FLFM126. Police had originally said he was 22. Confirmed this morning to be 19.
By ValGordon (3), Middle Island on Jun 3, 19 10:05 AM
Such a tragedy. He had just finished his freshman year at Clemson. 2018 grad of Westhampton Beach High. National Honor Society induction ceremony last night had a moment of silence in remembrance. Supposedly speed was a factor.
By Capt. Phil (64), Southampton on Jun 5, 19 9:58 AM
How sad!
By LovinLife (61), East Quogue on Jun 7, 19 5:18 AM
How sad!
By LovinLife (61), East Quogue on Jun 7, 19 5:18 AM