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Ronald Uher is a man who was killed after getting off the truck and walking on LIE in Melville, Suffolk Police say

Suffolk County Police Friday identified a man killed on the Long Island Expressway Sunday night as Ronald Uher, 72, of Selden.

Uher was driving his 2018 Ford F150 pickup truck westbound on the LIE when he pulled up west of Exit 50 in Melville just after 7 p.m. and exited the truck, police said in a statement. Uher was then struck in the middle lane of the freeway – first, police said, by a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and then by a 2007 Hummer. Neither the driver of these vehicles was injured in the accident, nor were any of the drivers charged.

Police said Second Squad detectives impounded all three vehicles for security screening and asked that anyone with information contact the detectives at 631-854-8252.

The accident forced the temporary closure of all westbound lanes at the exit.

Police still haven’t said why they think Uher got out of his pickup truck — or took to the expressway.

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, Ronald Uher’s surname was misspelled due to incorrect information from Suffolk Police.

John Valenti, a Newsday reporter since 1981, has been recognized nationally by the Associated Press and the Society of the Silurians for investigative, entrepreneurial, current affairs and column writing, and is the author of Swee’pea, a book about the former New York playground basketball star Lloyd Daniels. Valenti can be seen in the Emmy Award-winning ESPN 30-for-30 film Big Shot.

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