Edward Daubel identified as driver who died in motor home crash

Emergency crews used hydraulic tools to free the Emergency crews used hydraulic tools to free the driver and passenger of a motor home that crashed on Old Bethpage Road and Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage on Monday, May 5, 2014. Photo Credit: Kevin Imm

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The driver who died after his motor home crashed in Old Bethpage was identified Tuesday as a Port Jefferson resident, Nassau police said.

Edward Daubel, 71, suffered a medical condition that caused him to lose control of his Winnebago as he drove south on Round Swamp Road near Old Bethpage Road just before noon Monday, police said.

He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, while his passenger, 68, was treated at a hospital for pains to her neck and head and bruising, police said.

The vehicle was impounded for a brake and safety check, police said, and the investigation is ongoing.

The 40-foot motor home, with the couple's personal vehicle in tow, was going east when the driver lost control, careening up onto an embankment next to the sidewalk before hitting a tree and a utility pole with high-voltage wires, said Second Deputy Chief Al Bassetta of the Plainview fire department.

"It was teetering on that incline," said Bassetta, who directed the rescue.

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A police SWAT vehicle, a heavy-duty tow truck and metal struts had to support the leaning motor home as firefighters from Plainview and Old Bethpage helped free the couple, Bassetta said.

The driver was trapped behind the wheel, while the passenger, his wife, had been ejected from her seat and flung to the back, where she was trapped, the fire official said.

The downed wires and a propane tank in the motor home made the rescue dangerous, Bassetta said, and it took about 20 to 30 minutes to free the victims.

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He believes the couple were on their way to Battle Row County Park, which is at the intersection and where motor homes can be parked.

 

With Gary Dymski

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