A U.S. postal worker died after his mail truck was rear-ended in Lloyd Harbor and crashed into a tree, authorities said Tuesday.
Alan Nobile was southbound on West Neck Road near Banbury Lane when a driver in an Audi hit his truck at about 3 p.m. Monday, Suffolk police said.
The mail truck veered off the road and crashed head-on into the tree, propelling Nobile out the front window. Police said his leg was broken and he suffered a neck wound that required sutures.
Nobile, 53, of West Islip, was taken to Huntington Hospital to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, police said. But that night, as an ambulance was taking him to another hospital for treatment, he went into cardiac arrest and died, his family said.
The father of three was described Tuesday as a man who started a 30-year career with the postal service when he couldn't become a professional baseball player.
"He was just such a lover of life, and he taught all of us to do that," said his son, Jerry Nobile, 21, of West Islip. "We would go fishing whenever we could, and I would talk to him about everything."
Alan Nobile faithfully attended all of his children's sporting events. He was born deaf but read lips and never let his disability define him, the family said.
Nobile loved his job and animals, and as part of a family with four Chihuahuas, he always carried dog treats to give to the canines on his Lloyd Harbor route. "Wherever my dad went, he just drew people in with his humor, so the post office accepted him with open arms," said his daughter, Jennifer, 28, of Bay Shore.
Second Precinct detectives are investigating the accident and Nobile's cause of death. Police said no charges were filed against the Audi driver, a 63-year-old Lloyd Harbor man whose name was not released.
The cause of the accident may have been inattentive driving by the driver of the Audi, but it was not related to texting or cellphone use, police said.
Tuesday, police said, investigators from the U.S. Postal Service examined the crash site and impounded both vehicles.