Newsday reports several motor vehicle accidents and tragic deaths that have occurred recently on Long Island. In Suffolk, two people died in separate crashes only hours apart. One victim was a 26-year old man of Lindenhurst who died while driving a 2013 Honda Civic south as he crossed into northbound traffic. He and another vehicle collided head-on in North Lindenhurst at about 7pm, according to Suffolk police. The other victim was a 51-year old man of Holtsville who was pronounced dead at the scene when a taxi driver struck his vehicle. The Holtsville man was driving a 2009 Ford van from the Ramada Inn facing south on the right shoulder of the northbound lane of Nicolls Road; he tried to make a U-turn to go north when a taxi driver entering Nicolls Road northbound from Middle Country crashed into his vehicle.
A Coram man died after suffering an accident that occurred on October 21st. The 60-year old man was riding his bicycle in Rocky Point southbound when he crashed with the vehicle, also headed southbound. A police helicopter brought the man to Stony Brook Hospital. The driver of the minivan, a 25-year old man from Rocky Point, was not injured.
In Islip Terrace, two people were also injured in a head-on collision. A woman driving a 2009 Toyota southbound on Lowell was struck by a man driving a 2002 Pontiac northbound as he crossed the centerline. The woman, who was seriously injured, was airlifted to Stony Brook hospital. The man was taken to a different hospital for leg injuries.
Even though most motor vehicle accidents occur on the road, there are situations where vehicles cause damage of injury in unexpected locations. Newsday reports that an elderly man drove his 2010 Acura into a homeowner’s swimming pool while mistakenly pushing the gas pedal instead of the brake. The homeowner, a 32-year old Commack man, saved the driver’s life. “The window was closed; the door wouldn’t open,” the man said to Newsday. “I had my neighbor grab something and I just smashed the window open.”