HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A 73-year-old man is dead and another person is hurt following a wrong-way crash that closed the Wantagh State Parkway early Thursday.

It happened around 5:15 a.m. on the southbound side, just south of the Southern State Parkway, New York State Police said.

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Alexander Simek, 73, of Albrightsville, PA, was behind the wheel of a 2019 Chevrolet going northbound on the wrong side and hit a 2014 Honda being driven by Jay Lasker, 54, of North Bellmore.

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Simik was killed at the scene, police said. Lasker was taken to the hospital with lower body injuries and was expected to be OK

The crash is under investigation.

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