Driver killed in accident involving stolen vehicle on Southern State Parkway


BABYLON, LONG ISLAND, NY – New York State Police report that a driver was killed in a multi-vehicle accident involving a stolen vehicle on Long Island Monday afternoon.

In a news release, the State Police said the incident occurred on the Southern State Parkway eastbound in Babylon at about 3:17 p.m.  Investigators said a stolen Range Rover and a Jeep Grand Cherokee were being driven erratically near exit 38.  The drivers of the vehicles attempted pass in between a Toyota Prius and  a Mitsubishi Outlander, resulting in a collision.  The Range Rover went off the roadway and into a tree line, while the Prius struck a barrier. The driver of the Outlander lost control, collided with a tree and overturned, ending up on the right shoulder.

The driver of the Outlander, 75-year-old Richard A. Riggs of Holbrook, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the two occupants of the Range Rover were seen being picked up by the Jeep Cherokee, which fled the scene.  All eastbound lanes of the Southern State Parkway were shut down in the area following the crash but reopened later.

The incident is under investigation and anyone with further information was asked to contact the New York State Police.

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