For Immediate Release
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Incident: Bicyclist Killed in Motor Vehicle Crash
Location: North Ocean Avenue approximately 500 feet North of Fish Road, Holtsville
Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 2020 at approximately 8 p.m.

Suffolk County Police Fifth Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a bicyclist in Holtsville this evening.


Rafael Mendez Torres was riding a bicycle when he was struck by a 2006 Ford E-350 box truck traveling southbound on North Ocean Avenue approximately 500 feet north of Fish Road at approximately 8 p.m.


Mendez Torres, 41, of Medford, was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic from Holtsville Fire Rescue.


The driver of the Ford, Theodore Murcott, 57, of Mastic Beach, was not injured.


The Ford was impounded for a safety check.


Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Fifth Squad at 631-854-8552.



Authority: Geraldine Hart, Commissioner 20-167864
Suffolk County Police Department

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