1 driver killed, 1 seriously injured in wrong-way crash on LIE service road


MELVILLE, LONG ISLAND, NY – Authorities said a driver going in the wrong direction was killed in a collision in Suffolk County last week, according to a report by Newsday.

The accident took place late Thursday night in the vicinity of Express Drive South and Maxess Road in Melville at about 11:15 p.m. Suffolk County police said 56-year-old Marie Louis drove a Honda Civic west in the eastbound lanes of Express Drive South, a Long Island Expressway service road. The Civic then crashed head-on into a Mercedes-Benz GLC that was heading east.

Louis, a North Amityville resident, died after being taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.  The other driver, 61-year-old Venetia Atkinson from North Baldwin, was seriously injured and transported to the same hospital.

Police impounded both vehicles as part of their investigation into the fatal wreck.

Anyone with further information about the incident was asked to contact the Suffolk County Police Second Squad.

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