Man Killed in Multi-vehicle Accident on LIE After Exiting Vehicle
A 31-year-old man from Selden was hit and killed while attempting to walk back to his vehicle after an accident in the middle of the Long Island Expressway.
The collision happened in the early hours of Saturday, November 24. The man had been driving his 2016 Nissan east in the middle lane near Exit 49 in Melville at approximately 12:30 a.m. when he ran into the rear end of a Mercedes Benz being driven by a 58-year-old from Dix Hills. He reportedly got out of his car to look at the damage and speak to the other driver, as the vehicles could not be moved due to damage and remained in the middle lane.
As the man walked back to his vehicle, a 2015 Subaru driven by a 38-year-old Smithtown woman struck him. Immediately after this, a 2017 Nissan driven by a 24-year-old Commack man hit the first man’s vehicle, in which his wife and son were still sitting.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, while his wife and son were taken to a hospital for evaluation. The drivers of the Mercedes and the Subaru also received medical attention.
Police emphasize the importance of accident site safety
Representatives from the Suffolk Police Highway Patrol said the case should serve as a warning to motorists to only exit their vehicles if they can safely move them to the shoulder of the road first. If not, they should remain in their vehicles, with their seatbelts on, until help can arrive.
If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver, meet with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.