Cops: Queens woman killed in LIE crash; husband hurt
A Queens woman was killed and her husband injured after their vehicle slammed into an empty disabled pickup truck parked on the side of the Long Island Expressway on the Holbrook-Ronkonkoma border Sunday morning, Suffolk County police said.
Matthew Polashek, 38, of Ridgewood, was driving a 2003 GMC Yukon with his wife, Stacie, west on the LIE at about 4:30 a.m. between exits 62 and 61 when their vehicle swerved onto the right shoulder and struck a disabled 1997 Dodge pickup that was parked there, police said.
Stacie Polashek, 33, also of Ridgewood, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Matthew Polashek was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Stacie Polashek, whose maiden name was Wolf, was a Babylon native and New York City schoolteacher, her father said in a brief phone interview Sunday afternoon. She graduated from Babylon High School and SUNY Albany, he said.
She was a new mother to her 3 1/2-month-old son, Gerald Polashek, who was born in late March.
Polashek's father, who didn't give his name, said he had visited with his son-in-law in the hospital and had gotten his recollection of the crash, but didn't want to share the details.
"I've seen him," he said. "He's had some surgery. He's going to recover."
The couple was on their way home from Greenport, where Matthew Polashek had been working as a sound engineer for the party band Strecker, the band's leader, Stephen Strecker, said.
Strecker said Polashek, who had been doing sound for the band for about a year, drank only water as he worked. "He never drinks at any jobs," Strecker said.
Polashek had been especially excited because it was the first night his wife was in the audience to watch him work, he said.
Strecker said Polashek was still packing his equipment by the time the band left at 3 a.m., and that Stacie Polashek had been talking about the couple's baby with Strecker's girlfriend.
"She was saying she couldn't wait to get home to see the baby," he said.
The pickup truck the Polasheks hit had been parked on the right shoulder and was not interfering with traffic flow, police said. Both vehicles were impounded and the investigation is continuing.
No criminal charges were filed, police said.
Police ask anyone who might have seen the crash to contact the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.