Jose De La Rosa-Martinez crashed a tractor-trailer into the Eagle Avenue overpass at 3:48 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 according to police.
The accident took place in West Hempstead on the Southern State Parkway west. Right after the tractor-trailer was stuck beneath the overpass, Rosa-Martinez unhooked the tractor and left, according to police. He then turned himself in later that day and has been charged with reckles endargemnet as well as leaving the scene.
A black SUV crashed into the tractor-trailer, but the driver, a Valley Stream resident, Kereen Wiggins, did not have any life-thretening injuries. However, Wiggins and the passenger in that car were both taken to the hospital as they were injured.
The crash caused traffic throughout the day between exits 18 and 19. All lanes eventually opened back up at 5:00 p.m.
*A detailed story about the crash will appear in the Dec. 22 edition of the Long Island Herald.