A 30-year-old Huntington Station man was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries after, police said, he lost control of his car on the westbound Long Island Expressway early Monday morning and was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled over repeatedly before careering off the roadway and into the adjacent woods.
A passenger in the car suffered minor injuries and was transported to Stony Brook by Hauppauge Ambulance, Suffolk County police said.
The single-vehicle crash occurred between Exit 56 and Exit 55 in Hauppauge at 12:35 a.m. Police said the 2007 Honda sedan was heading west when the driver, identified as Hugo A. Chavez, lost control — and the Honda "rolled over repeatedly," ejecting him into the right lane of the roadway. Two bystanders pulled Chavez from the road, police said. The front-seat passenger, Melqui Misael Chevez Rivas, 22, of Huntington Station, remained in the car until it came to rest, police said.
Police did not detail the extent of the injuries suffered by Chavez, but said Fourth Squad detectives are investigating the cause of the crash. The car was impounded for a safety check.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452. All calls will remain confidential.