Two Men Killed in Wrong-Way Crash; Highway Patrol Officer Injured at Scene Location: Westbound Sunrise Highway, near exit 57, Brookhaven Date/Time: Sunday, November 27, 2016 at approximately 4:05 a.m.
Suffolk County Police Fifth Squad detectives are investigating a wrong-way crash that killed two men and critically injured a third in Brookhaven early this morning. A highway patrol officer was also injured in a second crash during the investigation.
Kevin Melgar was driving a 2004 Infiniti eastbound in the westbound lanes of Sunrise Highway near exit 57 when his vehicle struck a westbound 2001 Chevrolet van, driven by Ozcan Ayyidiz, at approximately 4:05 a.m.
Melgar, 23, of 10 Brevoort Place, Brentwood, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. Ayyidiz, 49, of 293 Wavecrest Drive, Mastic Beach, was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue where he was pronounced dead. Melgar’s passenger, Jonathan Valladare, 25, also of 10 Brevoort Place, Brentwood, was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.
During the crash investigation, a 2014 Isuzu street sweeper drove beyond the road closure and struck two occupied police vehicles, units 908 and 937. Both vehicles had emergency lights activated at the time.
The police officer in unit 908, a four-year veteran of the department, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The occupant of unit 937, a sergeant with 27 years of experience, and the driver of the street sweeper, Robert Cook, 36, of Levittown, were not injured.
Motor Carrier Safety Section officers responded to perform a post-crash safety inspection of the street sweeper and issued multiple violations.
Detectives are asking anyone with information on the wrong-way crash to call the Fifth Squad at 631-854-8552.
Case #: KM/1415