A box truck struck an elderly woman standing in front of a roadside farm stand on County Road 111 in Eastport, on Monday afternoon, Suffolk County police said. The truck also hit the the farm stand, which is in front of the Stargazer sculpture, and the man running it.
Judith DiLorenzo, a 78-year-old from Whitestone, died at Peconic Bay Medical Center.
Seventh squad detectives are investigating what caused the 2011 Freightliner box truck, driven by Fredrick Rensing, to strike DiLorenzo at about 3 p.m. The truck, which says Delfino Insulation on the side, also struck the farm stand operator, Brian Ringhoff, 58, and the makeshift farm stand, a pop-up tent with a table.
The farm stand is located a quarter-mile north of Sunrise Highway, on the same side of the road as the Stargazer, on a stretch of road that takes people between the Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway. The stand sells tomatoes, peaches and corn.
Ringhoff, who lives in East Moriches, refused medical attention, police said. Rensing, 43, of Middle Island was not injured.
The Motor Carrier Safety Section have performed a safety check of the truck. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to contact the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752.