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Crash during morning commute leaves passenger dead, police say

A Mercedes-Benz van crashed into the rear of

A Mercedes-Benz van crashed into the rear of a parked tractor-trailer in Hicksville on Thursday police said. Credit: Kevin Imm

A 26-year-old passenger was killed in an early morning crash on Broadway in Hicksville after the driver fell asleep and crashed into a Volvo tractor trailer parked on the shoulder, police said Thursday.

Eric Faucault of Elmont, who was riding in a 2014 Mercedes, “collapsed in the roadway” after the 5:40 a.m. collision at Lee Avenue Thursday, according to a statement from Nassau police.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital after the crash, police said.

The driver, who was not identified, also was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

The police could not say whether anyone was in the tractor trailer.

The Mercedes was impounded for brake and safety checks as the crash is investigated, police said.

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