Police: 1 dead in wrong-way crash on Sunken Meadow State Parkway
State police say one person died following a wrong-way crash on the northbound side of the Sunken Meadow State Parkway Friday.
State troopers say they got a call for an incident around 7:30 p.m. Friday evening in Commack.
Police say a pickup truck was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes when it struck an SUV near the Jericho Turnpike exit. The SUV driver, 44-year-old Anthony Mariano, of Kings Park, died at the scene.
The driver of the truck, 38-year-old Joseph Norris, of Babylon, was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.
The Sunken Meadow Parkway was closed northbound Friday night and traffic was diverted onto SM3 due to the incident, state police said in a tweet.
Matt Fridrich says he was a witness to the incident while driving on the Sunken Meadow Parkway and had to dodge the wrong-way driver.
“Missed me by inches,” says Fridrich. “I’m lucky to be here.”
He stayed nearby and watched as emergency crews responded to the wreckage. “It smelled like burning liquids, plastics. The sounds of all the metal crunching with the firefighters using the jaws of life, everyone yelling at each other, the paramedics working on him. Everyone was panicking, just the sight, the sounds, it's going to stick with me for a while,” he says.
It's not clear why the pickup truck was on the wrong side of the road. No charges have been filed.
State police are asking for anyone with information to call (631) 756-3300.