A West Hempstead man involved in a fatal one-car crash was texting on his cell phone just prior to him crashing into a tree in Garden City Thursday, Nassau County police said.

The driver, 59-year-old Michele Guglielmi, was driving a 1998 Volvo east on Stewart Avenue just before 10 p.m. when he crossed into the westbound lanes and struck a tree on the north side of the road, police said. Guglielmi was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 10:23 p.m., police said.

“During the investigation it was determined that the victim had been texting on his cell phone just prior to the accident,” police said in a news release.

The Volvo was impounded for a brake and safety check, police said. The investigation is continuing.


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