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Driver hospitalized after Jeep flips into hotel lot, cops say

One person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, after a one-vehicle rollover crash on the eastbound Long Island Expressway in Hauppauge, Suffolk County police said. The service road was closed for an investigation. (Credit: James Carbone)

A Bay Shore man was hospitalized Thursday after police said he lost control of a Jeep on the LIE in Hauppauge, crashed through a chain-link fence, careened across a service road, and smashed through a second barrier before the SUV overturned in a hotel parking lot.

The driver, identified as Maleik Pessoa, 18, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where he underwent treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, Suffolk police said.

No one else was hurt.

Police said the crash occurred at about 8:38 a.m. as Pessoa attempted to change lanes on the eastbound LIE east of Exit 56.

He then lost control of the 2004 Jeep Cherokee, rocketed off the road and ended up in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn Express, police said.

Pessoa was briefly trapped and needed to be extricated from the Jeep, officials said. The service road, Express Drive South, was closed in the area for several hours for investigation.

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