The tractor-trailer driver in last week's fiery accident that shut down the Long Island Expressway has died of severe burns, according to the hospital where he was being treated.
Richard Forenza, 40, of Westbury died Monday at 9:30 p.m. of severe burns he suffered in the crash that clogged commutes for much of Thursday, authorities said Tuesday.
His family could not be reached for comment immediately.
The accident began at 4:45 a.m. in the eastbound lanes when a sport utility vehicle cut in front of the tractor-trailer, causing it to lose control and overturn, police said. It then struck the SUV.
The road was shut down in both directions around exits 42 and 43 before the road was partially reopened to traffic hours later, police said.
Police did not issue summonses, calling the crash an accident.
"There's no criminality," said police spokesman Det. Sgt. Tony Repalone. "It's just a horrible accident."