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East Northport man using leaf blower fatally hit by Jeep, cops say

Suffolk County police investigate the scene where  officials

Suffolk County police investigate the scene where  officials said a man using a leaf blower was fatally struck by a Jeep in East Northport on  Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Credit: Stringer News Service / A.J. Ryan

A man operating a leaf blower on the shoulder area of the road near his East Northport home was struck and killed by a passing vehicle Wednesday evening, police said.

Richard Oliveri, 35, was struck by an eastbound 2014 Jeep Wrangler about 6:20 p.m. on Clay Pitts Road, about 700 feet west of Cedrus Avenue, Suffolk County police said in a news release.

Oliveri suffered a severe head injury and was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

The driver of the Jeep, James Monahan, 48, of East Northport, was not hurt and remained at the scene, police said.

There was no criminality involved, police said.

The Jeep was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing, police said.

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