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ID for woman killed on parkway

State Police on Friday identified a woman who was fatally struck by a car on the Northern State Parkway in Huntington after she hit a guardrail, then got out of her car.

Ellen Micca, 43, of Commack, lost control of her vehicle as she drove west between Exits 40 and 41 around 6:40 p.m. Thursday and hit the rail, disabling her car, police said.

She exited her car, police said, and was then hit as she walked in the right lane of the parkway.

Police said Micca was hit by several vehicles - some whose drivers might not have realized they had hit a pedestrian.

Three cars stopped at the sene, police said. None of the drivers were charged or ticketed. The road was closed for about 4 1/2 hours.

Reached at home, Micca's family members declined to comment Friday.

Police said the investigation is continuing.


Brentwood man accused in robberies

A Brentwood man has been charged in the robbery of teenagers in Smithtown earlier this week, Suffolk County police said Friday.

Xavier Pinero, 20, of 44 Helmig St., was arrested by Fourth Squad detectives Wednesday.

Police said Pinero was one of three men who displayed a handgun and demanded cash and the cell phones of three teens on a wooded path near Route 111 and Woodhollow Road on Tuesday at about 1:15 p.m.

A short time later, the same men stole an iPod from two teens who were skateboarding on Ledgewood Drive in Smithtown, police said. One of the teens also was assaulted, police said.

Pinero has been charged with two counts of robbery.

Police are still looking for the two other men involved in the robberies.


Rep. Bishop OK after collapsing

Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) has made a full recovery after collapsing Thursday at Baltimore/Washington International Airport as he headed for a flight back to New York, his spokesman said.

The spokesman, Will Jenkins, said Bishop was dehydrated after suffering food poisoning.

"I don't know what he [ate] but he's fine now," Jenkins said Friday. "He got lightheaded and fell."

Jenkins said Bishop is back on Long Island.

"He's got a full schedule of events coming up next week," Jenkins said. "And he's going ahead with everything."

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