2 Killed in Dix Hills Wrong-way Police Chase Crash

A driver crashed head on with another vehicle while allegedly fleeing Suffolk County police the wrong way on Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills, killing both drivers early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

An officer stopped a Dodge Durango for having license plates that did not match the vehicle at 7-Eleven on Motor Parkway in Central Islip, but when the officer tried to gauge if the driver was intoxicated, the woman fled in the SUV at 2:40 a.m., police said.

The suspect, 25-year-old Brittany Vella of Middle Island, fled westbound in the eastbound lanes of the parkway before her SUV crashed into an eastbound Honda Accord between the exits for Wolf Hill Road and Route 231, police said.

Officers unsuccessfully tried to use fire extinguishers to extinguish the flames and save the woman from the burning truck, police said. The second driver was identified as Sarwan NN, 60, of Smithtown. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded both vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-852-6553.