Kings Park Man Killed in Hit and Run Crash

21-year-old Kieran Smith was struck and killed after his vehicle became disabled.

A 21-year-old male from Kings Park was killed in a hit and run crash early Sunday morning.

According to police, Kieran Smith was driving a 2008 Nissan on the Long Island Expressway when his vehicle became disabled. Smith left his vehicle and was walking on Express Drive South when he was apparently struck and killed by a car, whose driver fled the scene.

A passing motorist discovered Smith’s body on the shoulder and called police at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Smith's vehicle was impounded by police who said the investigation is continuing.

Detectives ask anyone with information on this incident or who may have witnessed the crash to contact the Third Squad at (631) 854-8352 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Police said all calls will remain confidential.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story reported that Smith's car was traveling on the Sagtikos Parkway. The story has since been updated.

Donna D April 02, 2012 at 11:51 AM
My prayers to his family and friends. There are no words.
I live in KP April 02, 2012 at 05:01 PM
In the last few years There has be so much tragedy In our small town....May God Bless all the Family's that have lost there teen.. so sad
lisa costello April 02, 2012 at 05:44 PM
heartbreaking.....so very sorry .
Tom Gillen April 02, 2012 at 07:38 PM
very sad indeed. hopefully the driver has a conscience and will own up to this. won't make it any better for the family though. It is very important that we stress to the young drivers to NEVER leave your vehicle, especially on a highway. Look at what happened last month with the accident involving the sheriff and the young man on the LIE. Stay in your vehicle, make your call, and wait for help to arrive.
kathie plant April 03, 2012 at 10:36 AM
This is how my twin brother passed two years ago - he got out of his disabled car on the Southern State and was hit by an oncoming car. I know the pain of this tragedy all too well. My thoughts and prayers are with this family! Although it's hard to fathom any good in these situations, at least they can bring awareness to people who also become disabled on the parkways - don't leave the vehicle and walk close to traffic. Call for help, or exit the vehicle on the passenger side and walk as far away from the road as possible. God bless you Smith family!
C April 04, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Very unfortunate and sad story. In general it seems that the drivers around here are getting worse and worse...more reckless. Speeding even on side streets is now common place. It's time to get tougher on enforcing the rules of the road and cracking down on reckless driving. Seems to be rampant all over the island but perhaps even more so in Suffolk. Just the other day, I had a driver pass me on a side street b/c I was apparently not going fast enough for her...people are out of control and yet we all turn a blind eye with our complacent attitudes!
joe r April 07, 2012 at 04:50 PM
It seems that most long islanders cannot exercise self control on the roads like some of my neighbors over here off townline rd doing 50 mph on their own street. Enforcement works but people have to have a higher mentality than they do. the adults are the biggest offenders over here where they all believe that the rules don't apply to them
joe r April 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
i was a kid about 30 or so years ago and the cars are way safer now but the people have compensated for this by becoming more dangerous. ( When I was 17 speeding was about 65-70 mph on the highway.) Now if I'm going that slow in the left lane I will usually have a "soccer mom" on my tail 2 kids strapped in car seats while she conducts her cell phone business of changing the world and looking important give me the high beams to get out of their way
John from Kings Park April 07, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I have a simple solution to that problem, I use it every single time. They give me high beams, I give them brake lights...
joe r April 07, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Yeah I actually thought about that but remember if its a female all they have to do is call the cops and you'll get pulled over and "admonished" by the police. (turning a wrong into a right thats how they do it in the city and we all how nice the boroughs have become) I always liked the word admonished
STATEO1 April 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
knee jerk April 14, 2013 at 04:43 PM
@STATEO1: You still here?


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