One person was killed and four others injured during an automobile accident along the notorious Southern State Parkway in North Merrick, N.Y.
According to a New York Newsday report, the accident occurred at about 4:45 a.m. on Monday. A 1996 Toyota 4Runner sports-utility vehicle involved in the accident struck a guardrail in the eastbound lane of the particularly dangerous highway.
Initial investigation results show that a high rate of speed and slick roads were likely the cause of the accident. The driver of the SUV died and another person was listed in critical condition at the time of the Newsday report. Three others were in stable condition after receiving treatment at several local hospitals, according to Newsday.
The particular stretch of the Southern State Parkway that served as the setting for this week’s accident has been dubbed “Blood Alley” by many local emergency officials, and we’ve reported numerous times on the frequency of motor vehicle accidents – often involving fatalities – that have occurred here.
According to Newsday, the southbound lanes were the scene of a fatal accident just three months ago, and in the past two years, there have been 16 deaths on just the Nassau County section of the Southern State Parkway.