Suffolk County Police announced that the accident occurred in Holtsville at approximately 7:22 a.m. on Monday, July 10.

The 39-year-old man, whose name has not been released by authorities, was driving his 2018 Ford westbound in the right lane of the LIE.

About a half mile east of Exit 61, the van attempted to merge into the middle lane but struck the rear end of a 2005 Chrysler 300.

The impact caused the van to swerve into the right lane, veer off the road, hit a tree and catch fire.

Officials pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Michelle Fiori, 58, of the Chrysler, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

As the investigation continues, the Suffolk County Police Department is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Squad Six at 631-854-8652.

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