Man Killed After Car Overturns and Lands in Huntington Harbor
Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are investigating a one-car crash that killed a Huntington Station man after the vehicle he was driving crashed into Huntington Harbor last night.
Edward Franz was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban southbound on West Shore Road in Huntington, when he apparently lost control of the vehicle on a curve at approximately 5:25 p.m. The Suburban struck a guardrail, became airborne, rolled over and landed upside down in approximately six feet of water in Huntington Harbor. Four good Samaritans jumped into the water, used a rock to break a window and rescued the passenger Liam O’Mara from the vehicle. Police Officers Jeffrey Michaels, Robert Musial, John Murray, John Dreyer, Charles Marchiselli, and members from the Huntington Fire Department, rescued Franz from the vehicle.
Franz, 29, of Engelke Ave., Huntington Station, was transported to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead. O’Mara, 20, of Strawberry Lane, Huntington, as well as Officers Michaels, Musial, Murray and Dreyer, and one of the good Samaritans, Nicholas Lamanna, 38, of Center Moriches, were transported to Huntington Hospital where they were treated and released. Lamanna’s brother, Joseph Lamanna, 34, also of Center Moriches, broke his hand when he attempted to break one of the windows on the vehicle. He was also transported to Huntington Hospital where he was treated and released. The other two good Samaritans, Pete Keller, 43, of Huntington, and Michael Fodera, 20, of Elwood, were not injured.
The investigation is continuing. At the time of the crash, the road was wet due to rain.
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