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Woman fatally struck while trying to help drivers involved in crash

Suffolk police say Jennifer Burgess, 36 from East Setauket, was killed in a chain reaction crash on Suffolk Avenue in Islandia.

News 12 Staff

Mar 2, 2020, 10:22 PM

Updated 1,544 days ago


A good Samaritan was killed Monday after stopping to help drivers who were involved in a crash.
Suffolk police say Jennifer Burgess, 36, of East Setauket, was killed in a chain-reaction crash on Suffolk Avenue in Islandia.
They say a Toyota was rear-ended by another Toyota on the eastbound side of Suffolk Avenue west of Casement Avenue around 5:40 a.m. According to investigators, Burgess stopped to help.
While trying to help them out, two SUVs slammed into one of the vehicles that had been hit in the first crash, according to police. That's when detectives say Burgess, in an effort to avoid getting hit, stepped into the westbound lane of Suffolk Avenue.
They say she was then hit by another passing car. Police say she was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Those who live nearby say they were shocked to hear about this deadly incident, but were not shocked to hear about cars crashing into each other on that road.
This also wasn't the first time someone trying to help in the area lost their life. Back in January, Federico Oviedo, from Bay Shore, was hit and killed on Motor Parkway while trying to help a teen whose vehicle had broken down.
As for Monday's crash, Suffolk police say the driver of the vehicle who hit Burgess was not hurt, and they impounded the vehicle for a safety check.

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