The incident started when a 2018 Mercedes Benz was rear-ended by a 2016 Nissan. Madhava Reddy and his wife, Gabriella Preto were in the Mercedes with their 2-year-old child at the time of the crash. The driver of the Nissan, 31-year-old Eric Preto exited his vehicle to look at the damage and to speak with the other driver. Preto then went to return to his vehicle and was hit by a 2015 Subaru. The driver of the Subaru was identified as 38-year-old Jennifer Massaro. Preto’s vehicle was then hit by a 2017 Nissan, which was being operated by 24-year-old Stephen Raia.
Preto died at the scene of the crash. Several of the other individuals involved were transported to nearby hospitals to be evaluated.
When crashes take place on expressways and vehicles become disabled, the people in the disabled vehicle are left in a vulnerable position. It is dangerous to exit a vehicle on the expressway. In many situations, it is better for vehicle occupants to remain in their seats and to keep their seatbelts fastened in case they are struck by an oncoming vehicle. Emergency services can be contacted, and professionals can come to help get the vehicle occupants safely away from the scene.
In some cases, it is necessary to get out of a disabled vehicle, for instance, if a vehicle catches on fire. In these cases, it is important to be extremely cautious and to get out of the side of the car that is farthest from traffic.
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