Joseph Suozzo Killed by 18-Wheeler on Long Island Motor Parkway in Hauppauge, NY
Hauppauge, NY -- May 25, 2022, 60-year-old Joseph Suozzo was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler after fleeing a single-vehicle crash scene in Hauppauge.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:20 p.m. on eastbound Bridge Road near the Central Islip border. Preliminary investigation suggests Suozzo was driving a Jeep Cherokee east on the roadway when he lost control, veered off the road, and hit a tree. He then reportedly fled the scene of the crash on foot to the Long Island Motor Parkway, where he was hit moments later by an 18-wheeler as he tried to cross.
Suozzo was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Joseph Suozzo Accident on LIMP in Hauppauge
It may be easy to get distracted from the lingering questions of this accident due to its reported details. Reports keep saying the victim crashed and ran away (though it's unclear how anyone could know he was fleeing and not just headed somewhere to get help or disoriented and not thinking clearly after crashing), and that might be enough to make them feel the secondary accident, while tragic, was of his own making.
However, it's important to consider the two events as distinct from one another. I don't know why the victim might have crashed in the first place or left the impact site and I'm sure investigators will try to work that out as well, but no matter what sent him away from his Jeep and onto the Parkway there's no explanation that excuses a driver from hitting him if there was any way to avoid it.
I'm not putting any undue blame on the truck driver here. If there really was nothing they could have done differently to avoid the victim then obviously it wouldn't be fair to point fingers. However, rather than anyone making assumptions either direction it's best for only objective evidence to do the talking. That means carefully investigating and finding out how fast the truck was traveling, what specifically the truck driver was doing, what visibility and sightlines were like in the specific area around the impact site, if any other traffic was around, weather and road conditions at the time, and many other variables. The point isn't to overcomplicate things, just to make sure that the whole story is known and any contributing factors are properly identified.
The takeaway here is just that things are often more complicated than they first seem after an accident--particularly one involving a commercial truck. This crash started out with some unique factors, but ended similarly to many other auto-pedestrian accidents I've seen over the years. With that in mind it's best to learn not only what happened but whether it could have been avoided, and if police don't plan to dig deep enough to find those answers then someone else should. At the very least it's best that the victim's loved ones know every effort was made to bring them the full story.