RHS graduate dies following last week’s car crash


First, they lost their home in the 2012 wildfire.

The following year, their daughter Christine passed away at the age of 29.

Now, George and Kathleen Moretti will have to bury their son.

After a crash last week that police said officially remains under investigation, Johnny Moretti died due to injuries sustained in the accident. He was 30 years old.

“If you met Johnny, you would love him,” said George Moretti on Friday afternoon. “He made friends extremely easily. People found comfort in him.”

“He was quite the charmer,” his mother added.

Johnny Moretti, a January 2004 Riverhead High School graduate, enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school because he was “angry about what was going on — and the lack of response to it,” his father said.

“He thought he could play some type of role in it.”

Unfortunately though, he was injured during training and wound up in the hospital “for a fairly decent amount of time,” his dad recalled. He was eventually honorably discharged.

Prior to his death, Johnny Moretti worked in the nightclub industry as a manager and promoter. His five-year-old niece, Peyton, “was his world,” his dad said, fighting back tears.

George and Johnny would wear their respective teams’ sweatshirts in the fall — George, a fan of the Jets, and Johnny, a Giants fan.

A fitness buff, Johnny had recently started a pushup challenge that many have taken to as of late, pumping out 22 push-ups at a time in honor of veterans who commit suicide. He would ask his dad to video doing them to post on Facebook.

The day of the car crash last Thursday, Johnny was driving his 2006 BMW eastbound on Horseblock Road in Farmingville when police said he crossed over lanes and struck a fence. Police said it remains under investigation.

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