The driver of a garbage truck that flipped over and fatally crushed a woman in East Northport Monday told police the truck's brakes failed moments before the crash, authorities said.
The victim, Deborah Shavalier, 56, of Fort Salonga, was driving south on Bread and Cheese Hollow Road around 8:15 a.m. when a Mack truck carting refuse to a nearby dump careened into her Honda Civic near Pulaski Road, Suffolk police said.
"Her car was completely crushed by the garbage truck," said Det. Sgt. Richard Auspaker of Suffolk police Second Squad.
Shavalier was on her way to work at a flower shop, officials said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Auspaker said she was married with children.
Truck driver Robert Moore, 49, of Ridge, who suffered minor injuries, was treated and released at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, police said. Moore was licensed to operate the truck, which is registered to Jet Sanitation Service Corp. in Islandia.
A man who answered the phone at Jet Sanitation declined to comment.
A third person driving directly behind Shavalier suffered minor injuries and said she would get to the hospital herself, police said.
Suffolk police from the Motor Safety Carrier Unit are inspecting the truck's brakes and other equipment to determine whether the parts met safety standards, Auspaker said.
"We have to await further investigation," he said.