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One Dead in Long Island Highway Accident

February 21, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ A car carrying two children swerved through traffic on a Long Island highway, hitting at least three vehicles before colliding with another and killing one person, police said.

Timothy Brosnan, 67, of Bayshore, died at the scene.

The driver, Joseph Peterson, 27, of Holbrook, was in critical but stable condition Monday night at Nassau University Medical Center, authorities said.

Peterson’s daughter, 4-year-old Deana Peterson, was in a child restraint seat and suffered minor injuries, Office Joan Eames said. Her half-sister, 9-year-old Alyssa Gonzales, was not buckled in and suffered a fractured nose, Eames said.

The erratic driving may have been caused by a medical condition, Eames said. There was no indication that alcohol or drugs contributed to the crashes, and no charges had been filed as of early Tuesday, she said.

Witnesses called 911 as Peterson’s car swerved through traffic on the Sunrise Highway on Monday afternoon, sideswiping a sedan in Amityville. Two miles later, it veered through a red light in Massapequa, hitting Brosnan’s car.

In between, it rear-ended a Jeep, struck a sign and brushed against another vehicle, police said.

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