2 dead, 1 seriously injured in Brookhaven wrong-way crash: police

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BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. — Two are dead and one person is severely injured after a wrong-way crash on the Sunrise Highway in Brookhaven Sunday morning.

Kevin Melgar, 23, was driving an Infiniti heading east in the westbound lane on Sunrise Highway when he struck a Chevrolet van driven by Ozcan Ayyidiz, 49, near exit 57, police said. The incident happened around 4 a.m.

Melgar was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ayyidiz was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Melgar's passenger Jonathan Valladare, 25, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

While police were investigating the scene, an Isuzu street sweeper passed through the road closure and hit two marked Highway Patrol vehicles that had their emergency lights on, according to police.

One officer was injured and airlifted to the hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The officer in the other patrol car and the Isuzu driver were not injured.

Motor Carrier Safety Section officers examined the street sweeper after the crash and issued multiple violations, police said.

Police are working further to determine the circumstances surrounding the wrong-way crash.