2 men from Mastic hit while walking on Long Island, 1 dead

Police said two pedestrians were hit by a cargo van on Long Island and one of them has died.

The crash happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. Friday in Mastic Beach.

The Suffolk County Police Department said 49-year-old Thomas Pietsch was driving a 1994 Ford E-250 cargo van southbound on Mastic Road when he hit two pedestrians.

Police said 35-year-old Billie Benetatos was pronounced dead at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue. They said 57-year-old Brett Locke was treated for a broken clavicle.

Pietsch, 49, of Mastic Beach, was not injured and stayed at the scene.

The investigation is continuing.
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