Update: Police identify Selden man killed in Wading River crash

05/17/2013 2:20 PM |
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO |  Police investigate at the scene of a fatal car accident in Wading River Friday morning.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Police at the scene of a fatal car crash in Wading River Friday morning.

Riverhead Town police have identified a 62-year-old Selden man as the person killed in a Wading River car crash that shut Route 25A early Friday, authorities said.

Daniel Kiernan was driving east on Route 25A in a 1986 Chevrolet pickup near the Dunkin’ Donuts about 6:20 a.m. when he swerved into the eastbound shoulder of the road and crashed into the back of a tractor trailer illegally parked in the shoulder, a police report reads.

Police said they don’t know why Mr. Kiernan drove off the road.

The driver of the tractor trailer — 26-year-old Duwayne Tirado of New Britain, Conn. — had parked his vehicle on the shoulder of Route 25A and had the vehicle’s hazard lights on as he waited to make a delivery to a local landscaping company, police said.

Mr. Kiernan was pronounced dead at the scene and was removed from the car by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office personnel for an autopsy, police said.

There were no passengers in his truck, and no other injuries were reported, police said.

“I heard a loud bang,” said a Dunkin’ Donuts manager who called 911. She said police were on the scene within minutes.

“There were no other cars on the road,” she said of what she described as an eerie early morning scene.

Mr. Tirado was issued a summons for parking violations, police said. The truck is registered with Toria Truck Rental Inc. in Windsor Locks, Conn., police said.

Wading River Fire Chief Jim Evans said volunteer crews were called to the scene but were allowed to leave after finding there were no treatable injuries in the crash.

Suffolk County police and Riverhead police closed Route 25A for six hours as they investigated and cleared the scene. The crash is currently under investigation, Riverhead police said. Any witnesses to the crash are asked to call Riverhead detectives at (631) 727-4500.


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