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Police: Man Struck, Killed After Running Out Of Gas On LIE

Police: Ryan Marshall May Have Been Crossing Expressway To Get Officer's Help
Long Island Expressway - May 23, 2011 (credit: TrafficLand / WCBS 880)

Long Island Expressway – May 23, 2011 (credit: TrafficLand / WCBS 880)

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HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A 24-year-old man has been struck and killed after running out of gas on the Long Island Expressway.

The incident happened shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday in Holtsville.

Ryan Marshall, of Coram, was trying to cross the eastbound lanes when he was struck by a minivan that was being driven by an employee of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services, police said.

It appears Marshall may have been trying to cross the expressway to get to a Suffolk County Highway Patrol officer, who was stopped on the center median, after apparently running out of gas between exits 62 and 63, police said.

“He attempted to cross the eastbound lanes of traffic to get to the marked unit when he was struck in the HOV lane by an eastbound vehicle,” Suffolk Police Sgt. Patrick Mahr told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall.

Marshall was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 55-year-old minivan driver was not injured and remained at the scene, police said. The driver has not been charged, police said.

“If your vehicle becomes disabled on the Long Island Expressway or main thoroughfare like that, you should stay in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call for help,” said Mahr.

The investigation is ongoing.

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