Sheriff's Deputy Patrol Car Accidentally Mows Down Teen On LIE

Suffolk County (New York)Long Island ExpresswayRonkonkoma

A tragic accident on the Long Island Expressway has left a teen dead after he was mowed down by a Suffolk County sheriff's deputy.

According to officials, the incident happened Wednesday at about 6 p.m. in a westbound HOV lane of the LIE in Ronkonkoma.

18-year-old William Schettino was behind the wheel of his 2011 Mazda when he was reportedly sideswiped by another driver causing significant damage to the driver's side of the vehicle.

Schettino was forced to use the passenger side door to exit the vehicle which at this point ended up in the HOV lane.

A Suffolk County deputy sheriff, identified as Richard Tedesco, responded to the scene but when he approached Schettino's vehicle officials say he was apparently blinded by the setting sun and swerved out of the lane, striking and killing the teen.

The shocking accident prompted an investigation that led officials to close the westbound lanes of the LIE between exits 59 and 60 for several hours.

The incident is still under investigation.

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