An 83-year-old Coram man was killed when the car he was riding in crashed on the Long Island Expressway in Melville on Monday evening.

Suffolk County police said 57-year-old Rafael Ortiz, also of Coram, was driving a Toyota Camry westbound when the car veered off the roadway and hit a pole east of  Exit 50 at 7:25 p.m.

Ortiz’s passenger and stepfather, Dominic Bottiglieri, was killed in the crash.

Ortiz was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Second Squad detectives impounded the car, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to call them at 631-854-8252 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


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