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Patchogue Woman Struck, Killed on East Main Street

Crash claims the life of Patchogue's Maria Loja Thursday night.

A Patchogue woman was struck and killed while attempting to cross East Main Street Thursday night, police said. 

Police say Maria Loja, 43, was crossing the road in front of 350 East Main Street, near Mi Tierrita, when she was hit by a westbound 2007 Chevy truck. 

Loja, who lived on Norton Street near the crash scene, was transported by Patchogue Ambulance to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, where she died of her injuries, police said. 

The driver of the truck, Peter Lee Ihne, 58, of East Patchogue, was not injured in the crash. No criminal charges have been filed. 

The investigation into the crash is continuing and police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the Fifth Squad detectives at 631-854-8552. 

Keri Ann Engel December 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM
She was transported by North Patchogue Fire Department not Patchogue Ambulance.
joan napolitano December 21, 2012 at 02:49 PM
i see it all the time that people walk around with dark clothing at night and step into the street. You just can't seem them sometimes. A little caution on everyone's part would help end these tragedies.
craig hansen December 21, 2012 at 04:12 PM
yeah wow this is so tragic. accidents are part of life but it would be nice if more precautions were taken to prevent these fatal accidents. like joan said, a little caution on everyones part would help end these tragedies. heres another article about unfortunate car accidents. http://www.eglaw.com/blog/long-island-pedestrian-hit-and-run-accident-victims-have-rights.cfm
ana December 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
It is very tragic to hear of news like this especially during christmas hope she rest in peace, But i have witness a lot of people crossed the street without even looking some are sober and most are drunk from coming out the bars on main street.
Danny Isla December 25, 2012 at 02:16 PM
So sad ! She was a very nice woman. Always happy and concerned with other peoples welfare. Rest in Peace Maria.

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