A 24-year-old Coram man who tried to cross the Long Island Expressway on foot after his car ran out of gas was struck and killed by a Suffolk County Department of Social Services minivan Tuesday night, Suffolk County police said.

Ryan Marshall was driving a 2005 Honda CRV east on the LIE when the car ran out of gas between exits 62 and 63, police said. Marshall was attempting to cross the eastbound lanes of the LIE at 7:50 p.m. when he was struck by the 2006 Ford minivan traveling east in the HOV lane, police said.

Police believe Marshall was attempting to reach a highway patrol officer that was stopped on the LIE’s center median.

Marshall was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The social services worker was only identified as a 55-year-old female from Riverhead. She remained at the scene after the incident, police said. She was not injured.

Police said the Ford was impounded for a safety check and that the investigation is continuing.

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