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UPDATE: Police Probe Death of Pedestrian in East Farmingdale

Suffolk Police say victim was struck shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Route 109 by Massapequa Park Driver.

are investigating the death of a Lindenhurst man Friday night who was struck and killed in the vicinity of Route 109 in East Farmingdale near the Route 110 overpass.

Howard Reich, 55, was crossing Route 109, from north to south, at about 7:23 p.m. Friday when he was struck in the far right lane by a westbound car. 

The driver of that car, a rented 2011 Hyundai Sonata, was identified as Kenneth S. Simon, 54, of Massapequa Park.

Reich was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner

Simon was uninjured; he was issued a summons for driving with a suspended license.

The Hyundai was impounded for a routine safety check.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.

Patsy Comunale September 18, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Jacky & Family, My deepest sympathies to you and family. I grew up with Howie and have so many good memories of him . I also worked (one season) with your father and Howie as well as Jim Benson's older brother Billy. It's been quite some time since I talked with Howie as I moved to Tampa over 20 years ago. But everytime I visit old Lindy I always ask about Howie. He will truely be missed. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to you and family Best Wishes, Patsy Comunale
Kathryn Volz September 20, 2012 at 08:18 PM
How does a car rental company not do a background check on suspended licensed driver? You should have a very good case against the car rental company. Sorry for your loss.
Jackie Milton September 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I can't thank all of you enough for your prayers and love. Yes, Howie was a very special guy and we will miss him terribly. Rest In Peace my lttle brother... your sis, Jackie
Gary September 22, 2012 at 03:20 AM
A cousin - and best friend growing up. What a shock to have read this sad, shocking and tragic news. "Who does not honor the past, loses the future." My deepest and most sincere sympathy to Jackie and Valerie.
Woodro September 25, 2012 at 06:45 AM
rest in peace bro, you were there for me when no one else was. say hello to my brother john..

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