Man hit crossing Hempstead Tpke. dies

A pedestrian was struck on westbound Hempstead Turnpike

A pedestrian was struck on westbound Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, Nassau County police said. (Feb. 15, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

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A man crossing the riskiest road on Long Island for pedestrians died Wednesday morning after being struck by a sport utility vehicle, Nassau police said.

The 72-year-old victim suffered serious head trauma and a fractured right leg when he was struck on westbound Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont at 8:12 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Police said the victim, whose identity was not released, had been in serious condition when he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead Wednesday morning.

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A yearlong Newsday investigation this week reported that the 16-mile stretch of Hempstead Turnpike through Nassau County is the riskiest stretch of road for pedestrians on the Island, with 8.21 annual fatalities -- and scores more serious pedestrian accidents -- per million vehicle miles traveled. Thirty-two people were killed -- and, at least 427 were injured -- in 457 pedestrian accidents between 2005 and 2010, the investigation found. The investigation also found that Elmont, Franklin Square and Hempstead Village have intersections with the highest number of pedestrian hits.

Police said the accident Tuesday evening occurred near the intersection of Sterling Road. The man hit there, police said, was attempting to cross Hempstead Turnpike -- and was in the right lane when he was struck by a 2004 Toyota Highlander driven by a 68-year-old man. The driver stopped and called police.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. No charges were filed.

The investigation is continuing.

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