Parents of 4 month-old killed in Bay Shore crash

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The parents of a 4-month-old child were struck and killed by a car on Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore, a historically hazardous roadway, police said.

Leidy Nohemi Cortez Alvarez, 30, and Caesar Mejia, 46, of 1541 Heckscher Ave., Bay Shore, were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the accident Sunday.

No charges were filed against the driver in what police said appears to be a noncriminal accident.

Diana Restrepo, 44, of Central Islip, was driving a 2004 Acura south on Fifth Avenue at 7:05 p.m. when the car struck the two pedestrians at the intersection of Fifth Industrial Court, police said.

At that location there is no traffic light, no stop sign and no crosswalk, police said.

Restrepo called 911 after the accident, police said. There were no apparent witnesses to the accident, police said. Restrepo was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. Her car was impounded for a routine safety inspection, police said.

The couple lived a few blocks away from the accident scene with their infant girl, who police said was not with them when they were killed. The child is in the care of the mother's aunt, police said.

Det. Sgt. William Rand said Fifth Avenue is probably one of the busiest streets in the Town of Islip with a speed limit of 40 mph.

"We get our share of fatal and serious accidents involving pedestrians on this roadway," Rand said. It's two lanes each way, with a median, and with a long straightaway so cars don't always do the speed limit, Rand said. "It can be challenging for pedestrians."

At least two fatal pedestrian accidents took place since 2007 on Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore and several other fatal and serious vehicle traffic accidents have occurred on that roadway in recent years.

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Pedestrian Robert Brown, 39, of Bay Shore, was struck and killed by a car headed west on Route 27 North Service Road at Fifth Avenue in November 2008. Gladis Melara, 19, of Bay Shore, was walking east across Fifth Avenue just south of Jensen Road in July 2007 when she was struck and killed by a southbound van.

Police said their investigation of Sunday's accident continues. They asked witnesses or others with information to call Third Squad detectives at 631-854-8352.

With Laura Rivera

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