Man Killed in Centereach Crash, Two Others Injured

A man was killed and two others injured in a two-car crash early Saturday morning in Centereach, Suffolk County police said.

Moments before the fatal crash, the man was working on another vehicle along the right shoulder on northbound Nicolls Road, a police spokeswoman said. After he was done, the man got into a van and was attempting to make a U-turn when he was struck by another van entering Nicolls Road from Middle Country Road just after 1 a.m., the spokeswoman said.

The man, who was not immediately identified pending notification of next of kin, was ejected from the vehicle, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A passenger in his van was injured, as was the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash.

They were both transported to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The vehicles were impounded for safety checks and the investigation is continuing, police said. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Update: Police have identified the victim of the crash as 51-year-old Samir Patel of Holtsville.