On December 14, 2022, just before 4:00 AM, the State Police responded to a crash on the Southern State Parkway, westbound at the Eagle Avenue overpass in the town of Hempstead, Nassau County.
Preliminary investigation revealed, a 2009 Freightliner, registered in New Jersey, driven by Jose De La Rosa-Martinez, 37 of Bronx, NY was traveling westbound on the Southern State Parkway when the tractor trailer he was operating struck, the Eagle Avenue overpass, Exit 18.
A 2007 Acura RDX, driven by Kereen Wiggins, 53 of Valley Stream, NY, was also traveling westbound on the Southern State Parkway when it struck the back of the trailer. Ms. Wiggins was taken to Winthrop Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries and the passenger was injured and taken to Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital.
The tractor was separated from the trailer and driver fled the scene. De La Rosa Martinez later turned himself into the State Police Barracks in East Meadow and is being charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and Reckless Endangerment 2nd.
The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU), Forensic Identification Unit (FIU), and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU) all responded to the scene to investigate.
This investigation is ongoing, and the State Police is asking for anyone who witnessed the crash or any information in reference to this crash to call (631) 756-3300.