A motorcyclist has lost his life after his motorcycle crashed into a pickup truck in East Farmingdale on Saturday night. Authorities believe the pickup truck driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
Tomasz Myszke, 39, of Copaigue, was riding a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle southbound on Wellwood Avenue when he struck a 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck that had been traveling northbound and attempting to make a left turn onto Conklin Street.
Investigators say that Myszke was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
The driver of the pickup truck involved in the fatal crash has been identified as Edward Okon, of Melville. Okon has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Okon was not injured in the accident.
The fatal crash is still currently under investigation and both vehicles have been impounded for safety inspections.
Okon is scheduled to appear at First District Court in Islip to be arraigned on Sunday morning.
It is estimated that someone dies in a DUI fatality every 48 minutes in the United States. That’s an estimated 30 deaths per day due to drivers who get behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs. The National Transportation Safety Administration estimates that 82% of all fatal crashes are caused by drunken drivers.
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Our firm has more than 25 years of experience representing motorcyclists in accident lawsuits. If you have been in a motorcycle accident and live in Long Island and the surrounding area, we will diligently work on your side and help you after the accident. Contact us today at (516) 874-6167.