The scene of a deadly crash in which an SUV struck a car head-on, killing one occupant in the car, and leaving another critically injured is shown. The driver of the SUV reportedly was high on drugs at the time. (Jan. 13, 2013)
Sayville, N.Y. (MorichesDaily) — Suffolk County Police are investigating a series of collisions in Sayville that killed an 82-year-old man yesterday evening.
The multi-vehicle accident left one dead, several injured and a man behind bars.
Thomas Herman, 46, was driving his Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound on Main Street through Sayville at approximately 5:10 p.m., when he struck five vehicles.
He did not stop and, moments later, he simultaneously struck a westbound Honda Accord and an eastbound Hyundai Elantra as he attempted to drive between them in front of 290 West Main St.
The 82-year-old driver of the Elantra, Sam Longo of West Islip, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.
His passenger, 79 of Oakdale, was transported by Sayville Community Ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she is being treated for neck and pelvic injuries. She is listed in critical but stable condition.
The driver of the Honda Accord was treated for minor injuries at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue and released.
Officials report the the trouble began near the center of the village when the driver of an SUV struck another vehicle and continued west on Montauk Highway.
Police say they believe that there were at least four or five separate collisions culminating in a crash in front of 290 Main Street.
Herman, a Patchogue resident, was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for neck, facial and internal injuries. His injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
Police say he has been arrested and is being charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Leaving the Scene of an Incident.
Police are investigating if further charges may be considered as this investigation continues.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or any of the events leading up to this incident, to call the Fifth Squad at 631-854-8552 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.