A 72-year-old Middle Island man was killed when he crashed head-on with another vehicle in North Patchogue, injuring three others, including a baby, on Saturday evening.

Suffolk County police said John Bertuzzi was driving a Kia northbound on North Ocean Avenue when he crossed over into the southbound lane and struck a Volkswagen near Shaber Road at 5:29 p.m.

Bertuzzi was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead.

The woman driving the other vehicle, 32-year-old Louise Cervelli of Coram, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where she is listed in serious condition.

Her 35-year-old husband, Garrett, and their 13-month-old son were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center. The father is being treated for internal injuries and the baby was treated for minor injuries and released.

Fifth Squad detectives impounded the cars for safety checks and are continuing the investigation, including  whether a medical condition may have contributed to the crash.


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