Holtsville Taxi Crash Kills Passenger

A taxi passenger was killed when the cab he was riding in was involved in a collision with a truck in Holtsville on Sunday morning.

Suffolk County police said a Ford taxicab and a Jeep were traveling southbound on Nicolls Road when both vehicles collided near the corner of Express Drive South shortly before noon.

Both vehicles drove off the road and into the center median, where the taxicab overturned and the passenger was ejected, police said.  The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he died of his injuries. He was identified as John Cowans Jr., 55, of Huntington Station.

The taxi driver was taken to the same hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Jeep was not injured.

Sixth Squad detectives impounded both vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone that may have witnessed this crash to call them at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  All calls will be kept confidential.