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Police seek third driver after fatal crash

Detectives are looking for the driver of a red sports car whose high-speed driving may be linked to an accident Monday on the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway that left a Wantagh man dead, police said Tuesday.

The sports car was speeding when it cut in front of the Wantagh man's southbound Honda, police said. The Honda driver lost control, crashed into a wall and was struck by a third car, a Nissan Altima, police said. The accident took place in the expressway's southbound lanes in Bethpage at about 8:20 p.m. Monday.

The Honda driver, Peter Gattus, 59, was taken to New Island Hospital in Bethpage where he was pronounced dead at 9:14 p.m. Monday.

Eighth Squad detectives want to speak with whoever was at the wheel of "an unknown red sports vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed," a police statement said. They also hope to interview witnesses.

The driver of the Nissan was Julieanne Sullivan, 37, of Merrick. Sullivan sustained head injuries and was taken to Nassau University Medical Center for evaluation and treatment, police said.

Detectives ask anyone with information about the accident to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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