Report: Blue Point Teen Killed in Crash on LIE

William Schettino was outside his stranded vehicle in the high-occupancy lane Wednesday when he was hit by a deputy sheriff's car, according to reports.

A Blue Point teen who was waiting for help after his car became stranded on the Long Island Expressway Wednesday in Ronkonkoma was killed after being struck by a Suffolk deputy sheriff's car, according to reports.

William Schettino, 18, was outside of his car in the westbound high-occupancy lane near exit 59 shortly before 6 p.m. when he was hit by the deputy sheriff, whose vision at the time was impaired by sun glare, Newsday quoted a sheriff's office official as saying.

Schettino, a 2011 graduate of , died from his injuries at Stony Brook University Medical Center. The deputy sheriff was also injured, but is expected to be OK, Newsday reported.

Schettino was on his way to class at Suffolk Community College when his 2011 Mazda became disabled in the HOV lane after it was sideswiped by another vehicle, Schettino's mother told NBC New York.

Schettino called his mother after being sideswiped and she was on her way to meet him on the expressway when he was stuck and killed, according to NBC.

Michael Thomas March 15, 2012 at 02:45 AM
That's sad, so young. Wonder why he was stopped in the HOV lane? Also feel bad for the Sheriff...that is a lot to deal with for a long time.
john smith March 15, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I heard that his car was breaking down and he pulled over to check. And I agree with you about the sheriff, since he ended a young man's life at such a young age, but I think if it was soooo glary that he couldn't see, he should've taken better precautions. He is a law enforcer after all. Such a sad situation :(
Courtney Young March 15, 2012 at 05:25 AM
comments are being deleted like crazy. this is the full story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46740150/ns/local_news-new_york_ny/t/sheriffs-deputy-hits-kills-driver-lie/#.T2F2PRxQP1d
Steve March 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Courtney Young 1:25 am on Thursday, March 15, 2012 comments are being deleted like crazy. Really Courtney? Really? Like crazy? Oh yeah......comments deleted like crazy. Go back and reread both articles again.......like crazy.
Madison marie March 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I'm sure the fact that half the police and sheriffs on li once they get in the HOV lane drive about 80 mph and don't think they have to follow the traffic laws
donna March 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM
my heart breaks for Billy's family. there are no words for this tragedy. pray for them all please.
Middle Road March 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Steve you're an angry elf. Relax brah...
ejtobin March 15, 2012 at 12:18 PM
This such a tragic event, my heart goes out to his family, such a terrible loss. I wonder if young drivers, should be given free flares, oranage cones, once they pass their drivers test, many young drivers, it may be their first car. I hope the family/school district set up a memorial scholarship/donation in the young man's name. My condolences too the family.
confectioner March 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM
We have lost far too many young people in our community, thoughts and prayers for the family who must be clearly shell-shocked. I can not imagine how a professionally trained driver does not notice a stationary vehichle on the highway unless distracted.
Angela Doria March 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
john doe March 15, 2012 at 04:05 PM
just to clear up the story...billy is my cousin and he was taken way to early..he was side swipped by a car on the expressway and got knocked into the hov lane...he tried to move the car but the car would not move because of the damage around the tire...he called his mother to say he got into an accident...he went to get out of the car through the driver side door but couldnt again because of the damage...so he got out on the passenger side and then was struck by the sherrif....yes it was an accident a terrible accident but my only question is why didnt the sheriff stop at the accident to begin with
Sharon March 15, 2012 at 04:18 PM
you are correct. Why did the sheriff stop. I feel bad for both familys.
Just not thm March 15, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I am so sorry for the family this is a horrible tragedy and I agree why wasn't the officer stopping and if he couldn't see why didn't he slow down he had to have been going pretty fast to have gotten hurt himself . Nothing will bring this boy back and it shouldn't have happend maybe this tragedy will force them to look at how many officers abuse there position while driving who hasnt been passed by a cop speeding no lights no sirens or watched them run lights etc yes sometimes it is warranted but not always hopefully this tragedy will lead to change in the way some officers at times fail to abide by the same laws they maintain
Bayport Phantoms March 15, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I didn't know Billy on a personal level, but he went to my school and I can't even imagine what it must be like for his family right now; this is a horrible tragedy that should not have happened. We all need to show that we are here to support his family and friends in their time of need. I'm so sorry, he was so young, he will always have a place in our hearts.
Andrew March 16, 2012 at 05:43 AM
My feelings go out to Williams family, I'm terribly sorry to hear about this. I take the LIE westbound everyday about 530 pm and sun glare is never an issue, however I will say this, If the sheriff's aren't sitting in the median where they're clocking your speed, both Suffolk police and sheriffs are cooking down those HOV lanes. Saying they're going fast is an UNDERSTATEMENT. I'm always so surprised to see how quick they blow by you. Sunglare, I highly highly doubt it.. This blows my mind.
The Catholic Priest March 16, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I've been driving on the LIE for over 30 years, and I've heard or seen someone breakdown or stranded anywhere else but the shoulder. This is a first. And based on what Billy was going to do or wanted: his mother was going to show up at that location, and stop in the HOV lane long enough for Billy to jump in pasenger side. You would have had two deaths. Luckily, only billy was killed and not his mother too!
Theresa March 17, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Most vehicles are equipped with a black box (similar to an airplane) this vehicle should impounded and the box data recorder should be reviewed. It will likely show the speed of the vehicle and any actions taken prior to impact. That is one to get some answers!
Darren March 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Darren March 17, 2012 at 07:13 PM
We never had such accident when suffolk county pd handled that road the sheriffs belong at the correction facility and not on our highways
Tre March 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM
This is soo tragic. My thoughts are with this young drivers family. As for the sheriff this is inexcusable. Slow down and follow the law like everyone else should. If there is glare you do not continue driving at a speed where you can not see ahead for a safe distance. Soo sad for him family and I hope he did not suffer at all and he is in a better place. Soo tragic.
Donald March 20, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Everyone is saying the sheriff should have slowed down yet his speed hasn't been reported yet. He couldn't have been going that fast at 5:30pm during LIE rush hour. To the person who stated the sheriffs should go back to the jails. The sheriffs deputies dont work in the jails, the corrections officers do. Learn your facts before you speak. It's sad to see people on here bash the sheriffs (probably SCPD members) but lets face it. Newsday reported a few months back that since the sheriffs took over hwy patrol, fatal accidents, and accidents have decreased. The sheriffs also have better response times and have made more DWI arrests. I guess they're doing something right. The whole thing is tragic and a shame. But it was an accident. It wasn't intentional. To sit on here and Monday morning quarterback it is wrong. I am a retired NYPD officer, and I can tell you that everyone suffers in this tragedy including the sheriff who has to live with this for the rest of his life. The boys family and friends are also devestated. Everyday police officers are struck and killed on the roadways by vehicles and nobody bats an eye. My sympathies to the boys family and also the deputy involved. Retired NYPD officer
Kathy Ferrari March 20, 2012 at 08:44 AM
Well said Donald!!!
Baygirl65 March 25, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Yes - Donald well said - its unfortunate for all involved. I have alot of family and friends that are Police and Firefighters - if you havent walked in the shoes of the people that put there OWN lives on the line everday - you dont know. Its a tradegy - a accident - and nothing more. And to the people that dont think about this - its a grieving process for that officer too.
Ellen O. August 14, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I have to say, Billy Schettino was one of the most gentlest souls on the face of this earth!!! Didn't know him for that long, 2 years. Awesome guy...always there smiling! Holy crap, you have to be kidding me...Grand Jury decided? Oh, I see, no criminal charges filed, no lawsuit then. What a joke...I would love to sit down with THIS "Grand Jury" and find out WHY MR. TEDESCO was not held responsible for Billy's death. It is clear to me he killed him with his vehicle!! It is called vehicular homicide!!! You and I would be rotting in prison...Not Mr. TEDESCO...did a short time on desk duty! Then back on the road again. That slap on this wrist must have hurt deeply!!! Boy am I pissed at this Grand Jury outcome, (and who are these people who work for the court system?) Where is justice for Billy's grieving family? Five (5) months today? (March 14, 2012)


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