A man found alive Wednesday morning on the shoulder of the Long Island Expressway died later in a hospital, prompting an eastbound closure as officers investigated the circumstances of the fatality, Suffolk police said.
He was lying on the shoulder between the HOV lane and the center cement barrier in Ronkonkoma when a motorist spotted him about 5:30 a.m. between Exit 60 Ronkonkoma Avenue and Exit 61 Patchogue-Holbrook Road, police said.
The man had internal injuries and was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he died about 7 a.m., said Det. Sgt. James Madden of the vehicular crimes unit, which is investigating the death.
The man was 52 and his name was obtained through identification card on him, Madden said.
Investigators are looking into all possible causes of the man's death, including whether he was hit by a vehicle while crossing the expressway or if he fell off the nearby overpass.
Police searched the area for a vehicle without a driver, but none was found.
His family has been notified, a police spokeswoman said, but investigators declined to release his name until they determine if foul play was involved or if it was a suicide.
The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death.
Officers closed the HOV lane about 9:30 a.m. and then all the eastbound lanes at 11 a.m. from Exit 59 Hawkins Avenue to to Exit 61. The LIE reopened about 11:30 a.m.
Anyone with information on the fatality may call the vehicular crimes unit at 631-852-6555.