Cops: Woman struck, killed on Sunrise Highway

Police closed down westbound Sunrise Highway between Hewlett Police closed down westbound Sunrise Highway between Hewlett Avenue and Merrick Avenue in Merrick after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle. (Jan. 25, 2012) Photo Credit: Paul Mazza

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A 56-year-old woman crossing Sunrise Highway in Merrick early Wednesday was hit by a car and killed, Nassau County police said.

Susan Reffke of Merrick was crossing Sunrise near Hewlett Avenue when she was hit by a 2008 Toyota traveling west in the right lane, police said.

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Reffke was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, where she was pronounced dead at 8:51 a.m.

The Toyota was impounded for a safety inspection, but no charges have been filed against the driver, a 46-year-old woman, police said.

Police said there was "no apparent criminality" in the case.

The accident occurred at 6:25 a.m.

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Westbound Sunrise Highway was closed at the site of the accident for several hours but was reopened by midmorning Wednesday, police said.

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