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UPDATE: Police Identify Commack Man Killed in Motor Parkway Accident

Abraham Sparber, 90, was killed when his car was t-boned by a white box truck on Vanderbilt Motor Parkway on Tuesday morning.

Update, 4:20 p.m.

Suffolk County police have identified Commack resident Abraham Sparber, 90, as the man killed in a two-car crash on Vanderbilt Motor Parkway Tuesday morning.

Police said Patrick Williams, 46, was driving a 2003 box truck westbound on Motor Parkway when his vehicle struck a 2010 Hyundai driven by Sparber, who was attempting to make a left turn out of a parking lot onto eastbound Motor Parkway.

Sparber was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was declared dead, according to police.

Williams was not injured in the crash.

Detectives are asking anyone who may information on the crash to call 631-854-8452.


Original story with update at 1:10 p.m.:

A fatal accident in front of the former Waldbaum's has closed down Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in Commack.

A silver Hyundai Elantra was t-boned on the driver's side door was by a white box truck near the Commack Road and Vanderbilt Motor Parkway intersection in Commack at approximately 9:30 a.m Tuesday.

Suffolk County police called for a helicopter to airlift one person to a local hospital, according to early reports, which was then canceled as the drive was transported via ambulance. The transported person was declared dead at the hospital, according to police.

Police shut down Vanderbilt Motor Parkway eastbound between Commack Road and Harned Road, with limited traffic westbound to conduct an investigation. The scene of the crash has been taped off as a crime scene.

Two Suffolk County Crime Scene units were called to the scene. Police were taking photographs of the accident and searching for any possible eye witnesses.

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DSparber October 22, 2012 at 12:16 AM
D Cohen to John Gruber I normally would not respond to an ignorant human being such as yourself but...yup, I am right, you're not worth it.
DSparber October 22, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Thank you Linana.
LINANA October 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM
John Gruber TWISTING things said ==again. INEXPERIENCE at the wheel is just as bad, if not worse, than advancing age when it comes to driving. Yes, practice makes a better driver. Parents need to be parents and when a child gets their license their parents should still accompany them in the beginning until they feel confident that their child has enough actual driving experience and maturity to drive alone. The requirements of driver education programs is minimal at best. That's how an inexperienced driver should gain experience--NOT driving alone in a car with radios blasting & friends in the car, etc. If you compare teens to more mature drivers, which group wears seat belts, speed, drive drunk, under the influence of non prescribed medications, tired, etc.? Contrary to what you think, most families do monitor their parents driving and do take away the keys if needed. Doctors also monitor this. I've been on both ends of the spectrum--having to deal with elderly in laws and as the parent of teenagers. Insurance rates are extremely high for young drivers for a reason--it's based on statistical analysis.
DSparber October 22, 2012 at 03:37 AM
No one will ever know if Mr. Sparber made a poor judgement call. I was able to get much more information about the accident and since there were many variables that caused the accident I will never know what actually happened. The police don't even know what happened.
John Gruber October 22, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I honestly wouldn't have a problem with being tested every 5 years, the only problem is those with the license who aren't good drivers can pass the test and still not be good drivers, for example the teenagers aren't gonna be texting during their test, but could be when actually out on the road. teenagers and seniors are the worst driving groups statistically speaking in terms of accidents and fatalities, that's not really a surprise though so I guess it depends on your personnel experience and opinion


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