A Selden woman was killed Monday morning in Hauppauge after she lost control of a car on the Long Island Expressway and struck a tree, Suffolk police said.

Michelle Carpenter, 35, was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix west on the Long Island Expressway near Exit 53 when she swerved about 8:15 a.m. to avoid traffic stopped in front of her, police said in a statement. The sedan struck a tree and flipped over in a wooded area off the shoulder, according to police.

Carpenter was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she was pronounced dead, police said. A 4-year-old boy in the rear seat was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for treatment of minor injuries.

Efforts to reach Carpenter's family Monday were not successful.

Police reopened the LIE just after noon following the single-vehicle crash that forced the closure of the westbound roadway for almost four hours, officials said.

The accident occurred west of Exit 55, Motor Parkway, Suffolk police said.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crash to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452.

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