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Pedestrian killed on Southern State Parkway after leaving car by exit ramp, police say

A crash during the morning rush Monday closed

A crash during the morning rush Monday closed a section of the eastbound Southern State Parkway. Photo Credit: News 12

A Shirley man was struck and killed Monday on the Southern State Parkway in North Merrick as he was crossing three lanes of traffic after leaving his car by an exit ramp, State Police said.

Peter Perri, 56, was hit by a Honda in the left lane of the eastbound parkway shortly after 6 a.m., between exits 23, Meadowbrook Road and 24, Merrick Avenue, said Trooper Frank Bandiero, the agency's spokesman on Long Island.

Perri's vehicle, a Nissan, was found nearby on the exit ramp of Exit 24, police said, and investigators are trying to determine if it broke down.

If he needed help, Perri could have walked onto the local streets to seek aid from any of the several businesses there, Bandiero said, so it's a mystery why he was crossing the parkway.

"It's a lot of roadway space to get hit," Bandiero said. "It does not make any sense because his car was on the side of the road."

Perri went through the windshield of the Honda Odyssey and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The crash shut the eastbound parkway for more than four hours during Monday's morning commute, authorities said.

The Honda's driver was taken to Nassau University Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, police said, and was not facing criminal charges Monday.

The parkway reopened at 10:39 a.m., according to informny.com, the state Department of Transportation website.

Investigators ask witnesses to call them at 631-756-3300.

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