East Moriches man dies in car crash caused by apparent tire malfunction

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HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. — An East Moriches man was killed in  car crash Sunday afternoon after an apparent tire malfunction.

Police say Richard Santos, 66, was traveling westbound in a 2001 Holm RV on Sunrise Highway near exit 65 when he lost control of the RV.

The vehicle exited the roadway and crashed into a tree, causing the car to burst into flames.

Santos was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say one of the tires appeared to have malfunctioned.

Police temporarily closed the east and westbound section of Sunrise Highway near the crash. It has since been reopened.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call State Police at 631-756-3300.