08/04/14 2:10pm
08/04/2014 2:10 PM
The LIE will be closed from exits 71 to 73 the next two nights. (Credit: Google Earth)

The LIE will be closed from exits 71 to 73 the next two nights. (Credit: Google Earth)

The Riverhead exits of the Long Island Expressway will be closed the next two nights as  ”structural improvements” are made to a bridge over the Long Island Rail Road tracks, a New York State Department of Transportation spokesperson said Monday. (more…)

02/27/14 6:00pm
02/27/2014 6:00 PM
New York State Police in Manorville after a streaker took to the LIE. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

New York State Police and Suffolk County Police in Manorville on Thursday responding to an incident on the LIE. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

A 46-year-old naked man found in the center median of the Long Island Expressway in Manorville on Thursday was later taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center for a psychological evaluation, according to a New York State Police press release.

Several state police troopers and Suffolk County Police officers responded to the incident just west of exit 71 at around 11:50 a.m., eventually subduing the man and getting him under proper cover.

“The male pedestrian completely disrobed in the troopers’ presence,” the press release states.

Police at the scene said the unidentified man was unharmed.

No other details about the incident were immediately available.


11/02/13 2:00pm
11/02/2013 2:00 PM

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating a crash on the Long Island Expressway in Medford that seriously injured a 33-year-old Riverhead man shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

A 32-year-old Riverhead woman, whose identity was not made public, was driving a 2007 Kia eastbound on the Expressway at 6:18 a.m. when her vehicle struck a 2002 Ford van, which was stopped and pulled off to the shoulder of the road, between exits 63 and 64, police said.

The Riverhead woman was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Her passenger, a 33-year-old Riverhead man, whose identify also was not disclosed by police, was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center for what police termed serious injuries.

The driver of the van, a 49-year-old Nesconset man, was not injured, according to police. Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential, according to police.


09/22/13 11:47pm
09/22/2013 11:47 PM
BING MAPS | The route police say Robert Davis drove as he attempted to leave the scene where he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

BING MAPS | The route police say Robert Davis drove as he attempted to leave the scene where he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

A homeless man’s attempt to escape the scene where he assaulted his girlfriend in Riverhead Sunday night ended after he drove off the Long Island Expressway and crashed into a cluster of trees, Riverhead Town police said.

Robert Davis, 52, first crashed into another car as he sped onto Route 58 from the Best Yet parking lot, moments after assaulting his girlfriend in front of the grocery store, police said. Driving at a slow rate of speed due to a flat tire on his red 1992 Buick sedan, Mr. Davis made it to the westbound Long Island Expressway, but his car struck a guard rail just west of exit 71 and left the roadway shortly after 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Davis, whose last known address was on Floyd Road in Shirley, was charged with DWI drugs and third-degree assault, police said.

He was airlifted by Suffolk County police helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he is still being treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

His girlfriend, who is also 52 years old and homeless, was treated and released from Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the assault, police said.

There were no other injuries in the incident, police said.

Correction: An earlier version of this article said the accident occurred Saturday night. A police press release listed the wrong date.

06/06/13 3:16pm
06/06/2013 3:16 PM

State Department of Transportation officials have announced details about closures around exit 68 on the Long Island Expressway near the William Floyd Parkway bridge.

State workers are currently repairing the bridge located over the expressway, officials said.

These daytime service road closures are currently underway and are expected to continue for about one week, weather permitting:

• The north/westbound LIE service road is closed between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• The south/eastbound LIE service road is closed between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

These nighttime closures along the expressway near exit 68 are expected to begin Monday and will last about one week, weather permitting:

• Westbound between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
• Eastbound between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

State officials said motorists should plan ahead and use alternate routes in order to avoid delays.

For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit 511NY.org or INFORMNY.com.

12/20/12 12:00pm

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Peconic Bay Medical Center treated 18 victims from the accident on the LIE Wednesday, the hospital’s president said.

A Vermont-trucking company that owns the tractor-trailer involved in Wednesday’s massive pileup on the LIE is telling Suffolk County police investigators the truck was heading to a sand mine on Speonk-Riverhead Road in Speonk, police said.

Representatives with the company, Jewell Transport Inc., of White River Junction, Vt. were not immediately available for comment.

Initial reports stated the truck was heading to somewhere in Riverhead Town.

A Southampton Town spokeswoman said town officials were not yet made aware of where the truck — reportedly carrying a load of Hurricane Sandy debris out of Nasssau County —  was heading to, if it was indeed heading to the town.

A DEC spokeswoman said the agency is looking into the matter.

The 35-vehicle crash Wednesday claimed the life of a 68-year-old Blue Point woman, identified as Christa Zepf, and injured 33 others, including 57-year-old Robert Murphy of Lloyd Harbor who was seriously injured, police said.

The LIE’s eastbound lanes were  closed to traffic overnight between exits 66 and 69, but had reportedly reopened by 7 a.m.

Both sides of the highway were shut down in the hours after the crash.

Sixteen victims, including adults and children who were in car seats at the time of the accident, were treated for non life-threatening injuries after the pileup at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.

The rest went to hospitals in Stony Brook, Port Jefferson and East Patchogue, police said.

Two other victims were being evaluated for more serious injuries, he said Wednesday.

The crash happened just west of west of the William Floyd Parkway in Shirley about 2:40 p.m. where the driver of the Jewell Transport-owned tractor-trailer, Raymond Simoneau, 42, of Rockingham, Vt., struck a number of cars, police said.

Newsday reported the truck was heading to a site in Riverhead with Hurricane Sandy debris out of East Meadow.

Neither county nor town officials could confirm Thursday where in town, exactly, the debris was heading.

“Following the initial collision, a chain-reaction crash occurred,” Suffolk police said in a release. “The tractor-trailer, which was carrying storm debris, and two additional vehicles caught fire and were extinguished by fire department personnel.”

Wading River Fire Department sent an ambulance to the scene of the crash to assist, first assistant fire chief Jim Evans said. Riverhead fire officials said they were not called to the accident. In all, five fire departments and EMS workers from 19 ambulance districts responded to the scene.

Click here for a Newsday video and coverage from the scene.


12/18/12 9:43pm
12/18/2012 9:43 PM

An 82-year-old Queens woman died Tuesday following a two-car crash on Edwards Avenue near the Long Island Expressway in Calverton, Suffolk County Police said.

Marilyn Mallon of Flushing was driving her 1998 Honda eastbound on the off ramp of the Long Island Expressway when she entered the intersection and collided with a 1998 GMC traveling southbound on County Road 24 at approximately 10:15 a.m., police said.

Due to the weather, a Suffolk County police helicopter was unable to airlift the victim to Stony Brook Hospital, Suffolk County police said, so she was transported by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead,  where she died from her injuries.

The driver of the GMC, Tyler Yaskanich, 18, of Shoreham, suffered minor injuries, police said.

The road was briefly closed while the scene of the accident was cleared, police said.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752.