Man killed in LIE crash was off-duty NYPD officer

March 25, 2013 3:35:49 PM PDT
Westbound lanes on the Long Island Expressway were closed in Melville after a deadly crash early Monday.

Joseph Pritchard, an off-duty NYPD officer from West Babylon was killed in the crash. A 2008 Dodge pickup truck, driven by Pritchard, was stopped, for an unknown reason, in the westbound right lane of the LIE at 2:23 a.m. when it was struck from behind by a 2001 International box truck.

The LIE was closed from exit 51 to exit 53 as police investigate the crash.

The driver of the truck suffered unknown injuries.