1 still critical after deadly Sunrise Highway wrong-way crash

One person remained in critical condition Monday after a deadly wrong-way crash on Sunrise Highway.



Family and friends arrived Monday at the Mastic Beach home of 49-year old Ozcan Ayyidiz. Police say he was killed around 4 a.m. Sunday by a wrong-way driver on Sunrise Highway in Brookhaven.



Witnesses called 911 to report that a 2004 white Infiniti was going the wrong way at a high rate of speed on Sunrise Highway. Police say that driver, 23-year-old Kevin Melgar, slammed into Ayyidiz, killing both of them.



According to Melgar's younger brother, Melgar was out celebrating his birthday with his 25-year-old cousin, who survived the wreck. The cousin was still in critical condition at a hospital.



A few hours after the crash, while Sunrise was still shut down, police say a street sweeper came barreling through and slammed into two police cars. One officer was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. The driver of the street sweeper, police say, fell asleep at the wheel and will not be charged.



Ayyidiz's eldest daughter says he worked as a flower deliveryman and was on his way to work in Ronkonkoma at the time of the crash.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."