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Driver dies after Mount Sinai crash

Two cars were involved in a head-on collision

Two cars were involved in a head-on collision at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of North Ocean Avenue and Canal Road in Mount Sinai. Two teenage girls and a man in his 50s were transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center. (March 18, 2010) Photo Credit: Wayne Carrington

A driver died Friday after his car collided with another on County Road 83 in Mount Sinai, Suffolk police said.

Martin Cosimo, 48, of Mount Sinai, was heading north on County Road 83 in a Chevy Aveo when he approached the intersection of Canal Road about 10:40 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Elizabeth Debski, 16, of Mount Sinai, was driving a Chrysler sedan south on County Road 83 and was making a left turn onto Canal when the two cars collided, Det. Sgt. James Madden said.

Cosimo was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10 a.m. Friday.

Debski and a passenger, Jamie Corbett, were also taken to Stony Brook, Madden said. Debski was treated and released, and Corbett was admitted with non-life-threatening internal injuries, Madden said.

The investigation was ongoing, and no criminality was suspected, Madden said. The intersection's traffic light was operating normally. The two cars were impounded for safety checks, he said.

A phone message left at Cosimo's home was not immediately returned Friday.

Debski has a valid class DJ driver's license, which carries restrictions on when and where the driver may operate a vehicle, Madden said. The investigation will determine if her license permitted her to drive at the time of the accident - if not, she will be issued a summons, he said.

Reached by phone Friday, Corbett said that she was "okay." Debski, a junior at Mount Sinai High School, said she was coming home from track practice when the collision happened. She suffered minor injuries, including a concussion, some chest pain, and is now wearing a knee brace.

"Liz is a very careful driver, very cautious," said her mother Anna, and added she felt "so terrible" for Cosimo's family.

Madden asked anyone with information about the crash to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.

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