A driver was killed and a person in another vehicle was wounded in a two-vehicle crash on the Southern State Parkway in Baldwin that forced the closure of the roadway’s eastbound lanes Friday morning.

New York State police said the victim was driving a Mazda when the vehicle rear-ended a Suzuki SUV just west of exit 19, drove through the guiderail on the south shoulder, then crashed into a pole and several trees at 6:43 a.m.

The driver of the Mazda, whose identity was not immediately available, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the Suzuki was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.