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Driver Dies after Vehicle Rear-Ends her Disabled Car on Sunrise Highway

Oct 31, 2014

A 21-year old woman from Deer Park was tragically killed after her car was hit from behind on Sunrise Highway. According to Newsday, her car had a flat tire and was struck while stopped on the shoulder of the westbound side, just west of Exit 43.

After the flat, she called a tow truck, which was in front of her car at the time of the accident when a 51-year old driving a Chevy Caprice slammed into the back of her car. The woman’s car then hit the back of the tow truck. Police say she was pronounced dead at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.

"She was a very intelligent girl," said her grieving father to Newsday. "She had her whole future ahead of her . . . she knew her goals in life." According to her father, she was studying to be a psychologist at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. She was on her way back from school when the flat happened. He says she called to tell him about the flat, and then again about the tow truck being en route. That was the last communication he had with her.

"I called and called and called and I got no response, and I wanted to make sure she was safe," he said to Newsday. "I had a hundred things going through my brain -- is she OK? And then a detective comes to my job and gives me the news, and I was devastated."

He said his daughter was active, good-hearted and determined. "She had her whole future ahead of her. This was just very -- a freak something, out of a nightmare," her father said. "I can't really wrap my head around it right now."

According to Newsday, records show that the driver of the Chevy Caprice has been convicted in the past for driving-related misdemeanors and infractions. The investigation is ongoing, a police spokesperson said.

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