For Immediate Release
Monday, March 02, 2020
Incident: Woman Killed By Vehicle While Assisting Motorists In Separate Crash
Location: Westbound Suffolk Avenue, west of Casement Avenue, Islandia
Date/Time: Monday, March 2, 2020 at approximately 5:40 a.m.

Suffolk County Police Third Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a woman as she was assisting motorists who had been involved in an earlier crash in Islandia this morning.


A 2005 Toyota was rear-ended by a 2002 Toyota on eastbound Suffolk Avenue, west of Casement Avenue, at approximately 5:40 a.m. Jennifer Burgess, who was not involved in the crash, stopped to render assistance to the involved motorists. A 2014 Toyota and a 2003 Chevrolet then struck the 2005 Toyota, causing Burgess to step into the westbound lane of Suffolk Avenue where she was struck by a 2018 Honda.


Burgess, 36, of 21 Stalker Lane, East Setauket, was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she was pronounced dead.


The driver of the Honda, Chris Cardinale, 59, of 14 Hartsdale St., St. James, was not injured.


The Honda was impounded for a safety check. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Third Squad at 631-854-8352.


Authority: Geraldine Hart, Commissioner 20-135598
Suffolk County Police Department

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