Update: Police say Michelle Carpenter was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix westbound on the Long Island Expressway near exit 53 when she swerved to avoid traffic that had stopped in front of her. Carpenter lost control of the vehicle, which struck a tree and flipped over in the wooded area off the shoulder at approximately 8:15 a.m.
Carpenter, 35, of Selden, was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she was pronounced dead. A 4-year-old boy who was in the rear seat was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for treatment of minor injuries.
The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crash to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452.
(East Farmingdale, NY)- The westbound travel lanes of the Long Island Expressway are closed at Wheeler Rd/Route 111/Exit 56 because of an earlier serious accident between Motor Parkway and the Sagtikos Parkway. The accident involving an overturned vehicle, happened around 8 o’clock in the morning on Monday. As of 10:30 a. m., travelers were still facing major delays on both the Long Island Expressway and along the westbound Service Road of the Expressway because of the investigation and closure. Motorist are encouraged to seek alternate routes until further notice.
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