Authorities are still investigating a fatal crash on the Southern State Parkway in Suffolk County, New York.

Emergency responders were called to the eastbound lanes of the Southern State Parkway near Exit 40 in Islip, New York at approximately 4:30am on Sunday, September 18, 2022.

Southern State Parkway Exit 40S Photo Credit: Google (image captured December 2021) via Google Maps (September 2022)
Southern State Parkway Exit 40S Photo Credit: Google (image captured December 2021) via Google Maps (September 2022)

According to a written release from the New York State Police (NYSP) the driver of a 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe was headed "eastbound on the Southern State Parkway, in the right lane, when her vehicle crossed the lanes of traffic and struck the center median guiderail."

The driver is identified as 19-year-old Jessica Gonzalez of Commack, New York.

After hitting the guiderail, police say Gonzalez's "vehicle then struck the overpass, she was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene."

No one else was inside the vehicle at the time.  It is not yet known what caused Gonzalez to lose control of the vehicle.  At this point no other vehicles are reported to have been involved.

The investigation is still active and police are asking witnesses, drivers who were in the area at the time with dashcam footage, and anyone with information that may be helpful to the case to call police.  The NYSP can be reached at: (631) 756.3300.

At this time no crime is alleged and no other parties are believed to have been involved in this incident.  However, if a crime did occur and the reader was a witness, regardless of the area in which an investigation or crime is taking place, anonymous calls, e-mail, and messages may also be left with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers by calling: 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS), by visiting, or by using the P3 Tips mobile app. All information received by Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is 100% confidential.

[AUTHOR'S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the New York State Police.]

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