Driver critical after LIE crash in Islandia

At least four vehicles were involved in an At least four vehicles were involved in an accident near the Old Nichols Road exit in Islandia on the LIE Friday morning. Suffolk County police said at least one person was injured. (Feb. 15, 2013) Photo Credit: Christopher Sabella

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A driver from Port Jefferson Station was critically injured when she was rear-ended by another car on the LIE in Islandia, triggering a multi-vehicle crash Friday that injured two others and closed westbound traffic for several hours, Suffolk County police said.

Bahar Kaya, 25, was driving her 2011 Chevrolet Cruze at about 9 a.m. westbound near Exit 57 on the Long Island Expressway when she was hit from behind by Monica Saparito, 19, of Mastic Beach, police said.

Kaya was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition. Kaya's sister, her only passenger, Nese Kaya, 22, also of Port Jefferson Station, was taken to Stony Brook with non-life-threatening injuries.

Saparito went to Stony Brook with non-life-threatening injuries, police said

Three additional vehicles sustained minor damage in a secondary collision, police said, but no one in that crash was injured.

All five vehicles were impounded for safety checks.

Fourth Squad detectives are investigating and ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call 631-854-8452.

Westbound traffic on the expressway was closed at the exit until about 1 p.m., police said.

With Joseph Mallia

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