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Newsday reported that on January 18, a 19-year-old driver crashed on the Long Island Expressway in Holtsville after fleeing a police stop. The officer stopped the driver on the westbound LIE as the BMW SUV was approaching from behind him at a high speed. The SUV pulled onto the shoulder for the traffic stop near Exit 62 and initially stopped. However, when the officer approached the vehicle, the driver sped away and exited onto the westbound service road at Exit 62. While traveling at about 80 miles per hour, the SUV swerved to avoid crashing into a tractor-trailer that was stopped on left shoulder and two other vehicles in the left hand lane near Morris Avenue. At this point the SUV flipped over. Significant damage occurred to the vehicle and the driver sustained a leg injury. The vehicle’s passengers experienced only minor injuries.
Police are investigating the accident and arrested the driver for fleeing a police officer and speeding. His name remains undisclosed.
A New York Times article indicates that Suffolk County tops the list for the most dangerous roads in New York. The combination of speed, excessive traffic and unsafe design were factors that made Suffolk’s roads dangerous. In fact, the Long Island Expressway was ranked number three in the list of dangerous roads.
It pays to drive defensively and take precautions when driving on the LIE and other roads throughout Long Island.
Accident victims should seek legal counsel when their injuries exceed the serious injury threshold and another driver is at fault.