A pickup truck driver struck and killed a pedestrian in Bay Shore early Friday evening, according to the police in Suffolk County, where more people died last year from automobile crashes than anywhere else in New York State.
The pedestrian, a 33-year-old man, was at the intersection of Howells Road and Manatuck Boulevard when he was hit by the driver, who was going eastbound on Howells Road at 7:58 p.m. in a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, according to a police news release.
The release said the pedestrian’s name was being withheld until his family could be told what happened. He died at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, the release said.
In an email Saturday evening, the Suffolk police department’s press office said the driver’s speed hadn’t been determined but that he wasn’t believed to have been speeding. The email did not explain the basis for this conclusion.
The speed limit in the area is 30 miles per hour, the email said.
"The pedestrian was in the middle of the road but it is under investigation why they were in the road," the email said. "The cause of the crash is under investigation."
The email added: "There have been no tickets or arrests at this time. There was no indication of any vehicle or traffic violations and the driver remained on scene, meaning there was not enough evidence to warrant any charges."
In September, a Newsday report found that Suffolk led New York State in fatalities in automobile crashes — with 113 killed, according to preliminary data for 2020 from the Albany-based Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research.
Drivers struck 1,354 pedestrians on Long Island in 2019 — the most recent year for which full statistics were available, according to data maintained by the institute.
In Nassau, 876 were injured and in Suffolk, 478 were injured, according to the institute. In Nassau, 29 pedestrians were killed; 31 were killed in Suffolk.