Motorist who died in North Babylon crash identified

The motorist who died in a fiery crash in North Babylon during Thursday's storm has been identified as a Smithtown woman, State Police said Friday.

Colette Epple, 25, was driving west on the Southern State Parkway near Exit 39/Route 231 when she veered off the icy road and struck a tree at about 7:19 p.m., police said.

Her 2002 Buick Century burst into flames, police said.

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The crash is under investigation, but police said it appears Epple was driving faster than conditions allowed. No other injuries were reported.

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