NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A state police trooper has died more than three years after he was struck by a distracted driver on the Long Island Expressway, New York State Police said Saturday.

Trooper Joseph J. Gallagher was severely injured as he assisted a disabled motorist on an overpass connecting the LIE to the Sagtikos Parkway on Dec. 18, 2017.

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State police said Gallagher was putting out flares to warn oncoming traffic, when a vehicle came from around the corner a struck him. He was hospitalized with a severe head injury.

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Trooper Gallagher was a member of the state police since 2014.

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