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Motorcyclist killed in crash with DOT truck in Bohemia, Suffolk police say

A motorcyclist died Friday morning after he crashed

A motorcyclist died Friday morning after he crashed into a state Department of Transportation truck on Veterans Memorial Highway in Bohemia, Suffolk police said. Credit: Christopher Sabella

A Central Islip man was killed early Friday when police said his motorcycle crashed into a state Department of Transportation dump truck that was assisting with a road closure on Veterans Memorial Highway in Bohemia.

Suffolk County police said Andrew Phillips, 34, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead following the crash, which occurred at 2:08 a.m. The operator of the dump truck was uninjured, police said.

Police said the truck was "blocking eastbound traffic" on the highway at 13th Avenue to "assist with a road closure while repairs were being made to utility poles damaged in an earlier crash." Police did not immediately provide details of the prior crash.

The eastbound 2004 Suzuki operated by Phillips crashed into the 2011 Mack dump truck, police said.

In a statement Friday a NYSDOT spokesman said: "We extend our sympathy to all affected by this crash. We are awaiting the results of the police investigation to understand the exact cause of the crash before commenting further."

The motorcycle was impounded for a safety check, while a safety check was performed on the dump truck by officers from the police Motor Carrier Safety Section. The dump truck was later released to the DOT, police said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the crash to call Fifth Squad detectives at 631-854-8552.

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