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Oceanside man killed on Southern State, cops say

State Police temporarily shut a portion of the

State Police temporarily shut a portion of the eastbound Southern State Parkway after a fatal crash occurred west of Exit 17 in West Hempstead on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Photo Credit: Lou Minutoli

An Oceanside man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on the Southern State Parkway early Sunday morning, State Police said.

The crash occurred at 3:41 a.m. on the eastbound Southern State, west of Exit 17 near West Hempstead, when a 2004 white Acura collided with a white 2006 Toyota Highlander, forcing the Acura off the highway and striking several trees and a utility pole before coming to rest, police said.

Vito Errico, 22, of Oceanside, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

His sister, Dina Errico, 23, said Vito Errico was a passenger in the Acura, along with two other passengers and the driver.

Her brother, who worked at their father’s contracting company, was a “friend to everyone,” Dina Errico said.

“My family is crushed, we’re very hurt and in shock,” Errico said.

The parkway was closed between Franklin and Hempstead avenues for several hours after the crash, but that portion has been reopened.

It was unclear whether any charges would be filed, but State Police request anyone who witnessed this crash contact Troop L at 631-756-3300. All calls will remain confidential.

With Christine Chung

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