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Man struck, killed crossing Southern State after crashing stolen truck, police say

An Oyster Bay man who was the driver

An Oyster Bay man who was the driver of a stolen box truck and a dog were fatally struck by multiple vehicles shortly after crashing just east of Exit 21 on the Southern State Parkway in Roosevelt at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, according to State Police, who arrested a passenger in the truck on a charge of criminal possession of stolen property. Credit: NY State Police

An Oyster Bay man driving a stolen box truck was killed early Thursday when several vehicles struck him as he crossed the Southern State Parkway in Roosevelt after crashing into a center guardrail, State Police said.

Rick Munoz, 28, of Pine Drive in Oyster Bay, crashed the box truck at about 1:45 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the parkway, just east of Exit 21, police said.

Munoz and a passenger in the truck, Joel Padilla, 27, of Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, then attempted to cross the parkway on foot when a vehicle struck the Oyster Bay man but did not stop, State Police said. Several other vehicles then ran over Munoz and also failed to stop, authorities said.

Officials didn't say whether emergency crews pronounced Munoz dead at the scene or at a hospital.

A vehicle also struck and killed a dog later found in the roadway several yards from the crash site, State Police said. Witnesses told investigators the dog got out of the truck cab with Munoz and Padilla.

Padilla, who was not injured, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony.

Munoz had a criminal history that included convictions for criminal possession of stolen property in 2014 and attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in 2010, records show.

A judge fined Munoz and sentenced him to 6 months of probation in the controlled substance case and nine months in prison for the stolen property charge, records show. It was not immediately clear how much time he served or when he was released from custody.

Just before the crash, State Police had gotten a report of a box truck driving erratically, authorities said.

Investigators discovered the box truck had been stolen Wednesday in the Bronx, said Frank Bandiero, a spokesman for the State Police on Long Island.

The truck belonged to Fordham Supply Co., a hardware store in the Bronx, police said, adding that its engine was running when it was stolen.

The box truck contained various construction equipment and rock salt, Bandiero said.

State Police ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-756-3300.

With Kevin Deutsch


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