BAY SHORE, NY- Longisland.news12.com reports that the identity of a man killed on the Southern State Parkway has been released. The victim, Larry Oluwo, 59, of Wyandanch died at the scene of the accident.
Oluwo was traveling east in a 2017 Nissan Rogue when his vehicle crashed into the back of a Jeep Wrangler. Oluwo’s car then struck a tree in the middle of the median. The accident happened at about 8:30 a.m. The road was closed to traffic until about2:30 p.m.
The driver of the Jeep suffered injuries in the crash and was takento Southside Hospital.
Police are still investigating the cause of the collision.
According to the New York Department of Health, about 1,098 New Yorkers die every year in traffic accidents. While New York has been working to lower that number, many states are doing far better. New York is the 20th in terms ofthe safest states for people on the road.
Across the United States, 37,000 people were killed in car accidents in 2016, making vehicle collisions one of America’s leading causes of accidental death, surpassed only by drug overdoses. The number of people killed in crashes hasbeen increasing year to year.
States have been reacting with safety related laws. In 2017, 13 safety laws were passed in comparison with only 5 in 2016. There are still states that have not initiated simple safety regulations such as primary seat belt enforcement laws or universal helmet laws for motorcycles. While making the roads safer is complicated; there are steps that states can do to decrease the number of fatalities that happen each year.