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Wrong-way driver killed in Southern State crash, cops say

One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash

One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash that closed the westbound Southern State Parkway on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Islip Terrace. The crash involved a Honda sedan and a sport utility vehicle.  Credit: James Carbone; News 12 Long Island

A wrong-way driver died Tuesday after going east for about a mile on the westbound Southern State Parkway before hitting a sport utility vehicle in Islip Terrace, State Police said.

The Honda driver, a man, also sideswiped another vehicle before crashing into a GMC head-on just before 3:20 p.m. at Exit 44W, Sunrise Highway, said Investigator David Ferreby.

The Honda driver, the sole occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene and his name was withheld pending notification of his family, police said. The GMC driver, also the sole occupant, was treated for minor injuries, but no one was injured in the sideswiped car, police said.

The investigation into the crash closed off the parkway between Sunrise Highway and Carleton Avenue until about 7:30 p.m., according to authorities.

Ferreby said it was not immediately clear how fast the Honda was going and where it entered the parkway. He said investigators will review witnesses statements.

State Police ask anyone with information to call them at 631-756-3300.

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