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Ronkonkoma man killed in crash was loving dad, father says

A Ronkonkoma man who died in a fiery wreck early Friday was "a very, very loving father" who liked to cook, the man's father said.

Alexander Roux, 20, was driving a 2001 Mitsubishi north on Lakeland Avenue in Ronkonkoma at 2:05 a.m. when his car hit a 2002 Freightliner that was pulling onto Lakeland from Marconi Avenue, Suffolk police spokesman Officer Santo DiStefano said.

Roux was trapped and died in his burning car, police said.

The truck driver, Manuel Rivera, 47, of Miami, was not ticketed, police said.

Roux had left a friend's house and was just minutes from home, said his father, Andre Roux, 46, who lived with his son.

He attended Connetquot High School and had recently returned from Georgia, where his two young children live with their mother, Andre Roux said.

"He was a very, very loving father," his father said.

Roux, who would have turned 21 next month, wanted to attend welding school in January and find a steady job.

But his real passion was cooking, Andre Roux said.

"He loved to cook. He had a lot of friends, and he loved to entertain," his father said.

A viewing is planned for Sinnicksons Moriches Funeral Home on Main Street in Central Moriches on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Plans for a service were not finalized.

The accident is under investigation. Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Fifth Squad Detectives at 631-584-8552.

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