Bay Shore Crash Kills Woman

A 21-year-old woman was killed when a car crashed into her stopped, disabled vehicle that was stopped on the side of the Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore on Wednesday afternoon.

Suffolk County said Jessica Ortiz was sitting in her sedan west of exit 43, when a Chevrolet Caprice struck her car, which then hit the back of a flatbed tow truck that was stopped in front of Ortiz’ sedan at 12:35 p.m.

The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead. The tow truck had responded to assist her.

The driver of the Caprice, 51-year-old Raymond Reinhardt of West Islip, hospitalized at the same medical center in critical but stable condition. The driver of the tow truck was not injured.

Route 27 westbound was closed for hours while investigators were on the scene. It was reopened at about 6 p.m.

Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.