Long Island Expressway
Three boys growing up without a father joined their widowed mother in a courtroom on Thursday. What they heard angered them and police officers — a plea deal for a drowsy driver who took an officer’s life.
Carlos Gonzalez is sore and shaken up after being involved in the pile-up. He said it was a chain reaction started by an aggressive dump truck driver, bearing down on other cars before rear-ending one of them.
Robert Stundis, 48, was arrested on Oct. 10 after police pulled him over on the Long Island Expressway after numerous 911 callers noticed a mini-bus swerving in and out of lanes with a blown front tire.
AAA of New York said more aggressive plowing used in past storms should have been employed over the weekend to keep the Long Island Expressway open and avoid stranding motorists.
Heavy duty construction trucks have been deployed to try to break up the packed snow and ice that seems to be almost fused to the roadway.
The blizzard late Friday and early Saturday left an extensive trail of damage in Suffolk County, and residents were working hard to clean up ahead of the new work week.
Many drivers wound up spending the night in their cars, waiting for first responders to come to the rescue. Parts of Suffolk County were slammed with up to 30 inches of snow.
With the snow still coming down fast and heavy in parts of Long Island early Saturday, some motorists found themselves stranded all night in their cars with the Long Island Expressway shut down.
A new mother didn’t make it to the hospital, or even an ambulance, early Sunday – instead giving birth to a baby girl in a car on the Long Island Expressway.
The $450,000 project was approved after the death of Nassau County highway patrolman Michael Califano. The 44-year-old father of three was killed in during a routine traffic stop in 2011 along a poorly lit stretch of highway when a passing truck smashed into his cruiser.
The accident occurred near the 108th Street exit around 4 a.m. Wednesday when the 39-year-old driver of a 2003 Ford Explorer struck the median, police said.
The trucking company that owned the rig blamed for a deadly 35-vehicle pileup on the Long Island Expressway has a blemished safety record.
The wreck happened Wednesday in the eastbound lanes where the L.I.E. meets the William Floyd Parkway at exit 68.
Part of the Long Island Expressway remained closed in both directions late Wednesday night, several hours after a fiery multi-vehicle crash left a woman dead and nearly three dozen others injured.
Limited commuter rail service on Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road has resumed with limited subway service set to resume Thursday.