1 pedestrian dead, 1 hurt in Mastic Beach van crash

A van reportedly struck a pedestrian overnight in Mastic Beach.

A van reportedly struck a pedestrian overnight in Mastic Beach. (7/30/16)

MASTIC BEACH - One person is dead and another is injured after a crash involving a cargo van in Mastic Beach late Saturday night.

Police say a 1994 Ford van was headed south on Mastic Road near Riverside Avenue around 10:30 p.m. when it struck two pedestrians in the roadway.

The pedestrians, identified as 35-year-old Billie Benetatos and 49-year-old Brett Locke, were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. Benetatos, of Mastic, was pronounced dead.

Locke, also of Mastic, suffered a broken clavicle.

The driver of the van, identified as 49-year-old Thomas Pietsch, of Mastic Beach, was not injured. Police say he remained at the scene and no charges have been filed at this time.

The van was impounded for a safety check and police say their investigation is ongoing.

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