Man Killed Carrying His Son Across the Long Island Expressway (LIE)
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
A father was killed as he crossed the Long Island Expressway with his 2-year-old son in his arms. Apparently, the man had been involved in a single car accident and had exited his vehicle on the LIE to carry his son to safety.
The tragic accident occurred in Holtsville at approximately 11:30 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. The Long Island man was hit by a passing minivan while he carried his son. The 2-year-old boy was thrown from his father’s arms and landed approximately 40 to 50 feet away. The toddler landed on a bush, which prevented him from sustaining serious injuries. He was taken to Stonybrook University Medical Center for treatment for his injuries. The child was released from the hospital in good condition.
The driver of the minivan was also taken to the hospital with injuries. He was not charged in the fatal car accident.
According to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, the initial single car accident occurred as the father and son traveled east near exit 62 on the LIE. The vehicle struck the center divider and the father lost control of his vehicle and swerved into the HOV lane. That is when the father made the decision to exit the vehicle and cross the LIE.