A driver from Hempstead died early Friday morning on the Cross Bronx Expressway after he rear-ended a tractor trailer whose driver was slowing down for heavy traffic ahead, according to the NYPD.

The NYPD identified the driver as 38-year-old Richard Edwards, of Fulton Avenue, according to an email from the department's press office.

The crash happened just before 2 a.m. near the Jerome Avenue exit after the driver of the tractor trailer, a 49-year-old man, started “to slow down due to heavy traffic ahead” — caused by an earlier crash on the nearby entrance ramp. As Edwards slowed down, he rear-ended the tractor trailer. Edwards was taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the email said.

No one was arrested, the email said. The tractor trailer driver’s name wasn’t disclosed.

Edwards' family could not be reached Friday.

At least 1,162 people in New York were killed in crashes in 2022, the most recent year for which complete statistics are available, according to figures compiled by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management & Research at the University at Albany.

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