- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) - A wrong-way crash on Long Island has claimed the life of a third person.

Police identified the latest victim as 25-year-old Jonathan Valladares.

The crash occurred Sunday in Brookhaven.

Suffolk County police say 23-year-old Kevin Melgar, of Brentwood, was driving a sedan eastbound in the westbound lanes of Sunrise Highway when he crashed into a van.

Melgar and the van’s driver, Ozcan Ayyidiz, were killed. Valladares was a passenger in Melgar’s car.

A Suffolk County police officer was also injured at the crash scene after a street sweeper careened through a road barrier and crashed into the back of his police car. The officer was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the driver of the street sweeper fell asleep at the wheel. He was issued several traffic citations.


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