Mastic Man Fatally Struck by Van

A 35-year-old man was killed and a second man was injured when they were struck by a van in Mastic Beach over the weekend.

Suffolk County police said Thomas Pietsch was driving a Ford E-250 cargo van southbound on Mastic Road when he struck two pedestrians in the roadway just south of Riverside Avenue at 10:25 p.m. Friday.

The victims, Billie Benetatos and 57-year-old Brett Locke, both of Mastic, were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where Benetatos died from his injuries, police said.

Locke was treated for a broken clavicle. Pietsch, 49, of Mastic Beach, was not injured and stayed at the scene.

Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation.

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