Pickup truck fleeing Long Island traffic stop slams into car, killing driver: police

Long Island

MEDFORD, L.I. — A pickup truck attempting to flee from police on Long Island late Tuesday night slammed into a car, killing the driver, according to Suffolk County police.

Authorities said it happened around 11:30 p.m. when police in a marked vehicle attempted a traffic stop of the Toyota pickup truck on Long Island Avenue and Gazebo Lane, in Holtsville.

The truck fled the scene and took police on a chase for about 10 minutes, officials said.

Long Island deadly crash
Scene of a crash that left the driver of a Honda Civic dead after a pickup truck fleeing from police crashed into the car late Tuesday night, Oct. 19, 2021, authorities say. (AIR11 / PIX11 News)

Then, the truck crashed into a Honda Civic at the intersection of North Ocean Avenue and Express Drive South, coming off the Long Island Expressway in Medford, police said.

The Honda was traveling eastbound on Express Drive South when the pickup truck, driving southbound on North Ocean Avenue, slammed into the driver’s side of the Civic, according to authorities.

Police said the Honda driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman who was a passenger in the pickup was thrown from the truck and rushed to an area hospital in serious condition, cops said.

The driver of the pickup truck again attempted to flee the scene, but was taken into custody and then taken to nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to officials.

Police said charges against the driver were pending Wednesday morning.

Exit 63 was closed on the eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway on Wednesday morning as police investigated.

The victim killed was not immediately identified.

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