A Long Island man is facing charges after authorities said he fled from police in a stolen pickup truck and was involved in a crash that killed a teenager.
According to the Suffolk County Police Department, at about 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, an officer attempted to pull over a Toyota Tacoma with a stolen license plate on Long Island Avenue near Gazebo Lane in Holtsville.
The driver, identified as 50-year-old Robert Hengeveld, of Blue Point, fled from police, SCPD reported.
Police said at about 11:40 p.m., Hengeveld was traveling south on North Ocean Avenue when the Toyota struck a Honda Civic that was traveling east on Express Drive South.
The driver of the Honda, 19-year-old Starlin Diaz Felipe, of Medford, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
SCPD said a passenger in the Toyota was ejected from the vehicle and was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Hengeveld was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
SCPD said Hengeveld was charged with the following:
- Reckless driving
- First-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle
- Fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property
- Fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property
- Multiple bench warrants
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 631-852-6553 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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