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Cops ID driver in fatal W. Babylon crash

Suffolk police Monday identified the driver who died in a fiery crash at a West Babylon gas station as a 33-year-old Lindenhurst woman.

Just one minute before midnight Friday, Angela Gallizzi-Avendano was speeding in a 2006 Mercedes-Benz northward on Route 109 near Golding Avenue when she lost control of the car, Suffolk police said.

The Mercedes-Benz careered off a parked car, knocked down several utility poles and hit the gas pumps at an Ultra Gas station. The pumps erupted in flames, setting the car and gas station on fire, police said.

West Babylon fire department units were able to put out the fire but Gallizzi-Avendano could not be rescued.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician's assistant with the Suffolk County medical examiner.

Her name had been withheld while police worked to get a positive identification. The crash investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call First Squad detectives at 631-854-8152.

With David J. Lopez

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