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Holbrook woman critical after Jeep loses control on icy road and hits her car, police say

A 55-year-old woman was critically injured in Holbrook Monday night after a driver lost control of his vehicle due to icy road conditions and struck her car before a third vehicle hit it, Suffolk police said. Emergency crews transported Patricia Gute, 55, of Holbrook, to Stony Brook University Hospital where she was listed in critical condition after the 5:25 p.m. crash, police said.

A 2002 Jeep traveling southbound on Patchogue-Holbrook Road and driven by Christopher Romano, 44, of Holbrook, apparently lost control on the Long Island Rail Road overpass and crossed into the northbound lanes, striking Gute's 2001 Infiniti as she headed north, police said.

A 1999 Ford van traveling behind Gute then struck her car after she spun out of control, police said.

The driver of the van, Robert Flynn 50, of Centereach sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Romano sustained non-life-threatening injuries but was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, police said.

All three vehicles were impounded for safety checks and Suffolk County Police Fifth Squad detectives are continuing to investigate.

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