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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.

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
Kmf 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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