Tow truck driver fatally struck by vehicle on Long Island Expressway


QUEENS, NEW YORK – A crash caused the death of a tow truck driver working along the Long Island Expressway in Queens early Saturday morning, WPIX reports.

Police said the driver, 47-year-old Carlos Santiago, was hooking up a disabled Nissan Altima on the westbound side of the LIE near 85th Street near exit 19 at about 3:20 a.m.

Investigators said a westbound Dodge Durango crashed into a Volkswagen SUV, causing the Volkswagen to hit Santiago as he stood on the right shoulder of the highway.  The impact also caused the Durango to hit the Nissan, which then struck its owner.

Santiago died after being transported to an area hospital.  The 27-year-old owner of the Nissan was hospitalized with serious injuries, and was listed in stable condition.

The drivers of the Dodge and the Volkswagen were also transported to hospitals in stable condition.

The driver of the Dodge, 28-year-old Denzel Porter of Queens, was arrested on multiple charges, including attempted vehicular manslaughter, attempted criminally negligent homicide, and driving while ability impaired.

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