A young, single mother was killed early Sunday morning when she was trying to retrieve her belongings from her car following a crash.
According to police, 25-year-old Brittany Leith lost control of her 2006 Nissan Sentra around 4 a.m. near Exit 36 on the Southern State Parkway in West Babylon. The car flipped, but Leith was able to escape the vehicle, News12 Long Island reported. When Leith attempted to return to the vehicle to get her possessions—against the advice of people who had stopped to help her—she was hit by another vehicle and killed. According to a police investigator, the driver who sideswiped Leith did not see her or her car because its lights were off after the crash.
When a state trooper arrived at the scene, his car was rear-ended by another vehicle. The trooper was treated for back pain and bruises to his face at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, Newsday reports. No summonses were issued to that driver.
State police ask anyone who either crash to call 631-756-3300.