Southern State crash kills one, injures four in N. Merrick


A car crash on the Southern State Parkway in North Merrick killed the car’s driver and injured the vehicle’s four other occupants on Monday.

The car, a white 1996 Toyota 4Runner, was traveling east on the Southern State between exits 24 and 25 at 4:30 a.m. when it went off the roadway and overturned.

At press time on Monday afternoon, New York State Police had not yet released the names of the deceased driver and the four injured car occupants. Officials said that all five were from Amityville and Copiague.

Two of them were rushed to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, two to Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola and one to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside. One of the crash survivors is in critical condition, and the other three are in stable condition.

A spokesman for Troop L of the New York State Police, which is based in Farmingdale, said that the crash was caused by wet road conditions and speeding.