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Selden driver killed after SUV exits parkway in Yaphank, police say

A Selden woman was killed in Yaphank early Sunday after losing control of an SUV on a southbound slip road off the William Floyd Parkway, Suffolk Police said.

Fay Vella, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene by a Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s paramedic after she crashed a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer around 1:20 a.m., police said.

Vella’s 1-year-old daughter, who was a passenger on the Trailblazer, was not injured, police said.

The victim was on the William Floyd southbound exit to Express Drive North when she lost control of the vehicle. The SUV went through a chain link fence, rolled over and came to a stop in a wooded area, police said.

The child was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was evaluated and turned over to a family member, police said.

Seventh Precinct detectives are investigating the crash, and the Trailblazer has been impounded for security screening. Anyone with information is asked to call Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752.

Michael O’Keeffe is responsible for the Suffolk County Police Department and other Long Island law enforcement agencies. He is an award-winning journalist and co-author of two books, The Card and American Icon.

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