1 pedestrian dead, 1 hurt in Mastic Beach van crash

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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