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  • A driver says he believes a tire that struck a car on Sunrise Highway came from his trailer[hhmc]

  • The 60-year-old driver of the car that was struck died in the ensuing crash[hhmc]

  • The trailer and pickup truck have been impounded for a safety check[hhmc]

A driver has contacted police saying he believes the tire that smashed into another car, claiming a man's life, came from his trailer.

Joseph Nickel, 48, of Islip, said he was driving a pickup truck and pulling a trailer on Sunrise Highway in West Babylon on July 5, according to Suffolk County police.

He told police that he later discovered the trailer was missing a tire.

A tire flew into the westbound lanes of the Sunrise Highway, smashing into the front passenger side window of a Saturn, police said.

Emilio Espejel/AP

David Dorazio, 60, was driving the Saturn and died when he lost control and hit the center median of the highway.

The tire then hit a second vehicle, a Chevy SUV with two people inside. The shaken driver in that SUV, Mary DiFranco-Garone, described the harrowing 30 seconds in which she witnessed the flying tire hitting the sedan.

"It came from the other side of the highway, and it bounced, hit [the Saturn driver], he hit the wall to avoid him coming back, I swerved, and the tire hit me," she told NBC 4 New York.

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"We're very lucky. That poor person, whoever they are. They were just at the wrong place at the wrong time," she said.

Nickel's pickup and trailer have been impounded for a safety check, police said.

He is cooperating with police.

Flying Tire Kills Person on NY Highway

[NY] Flying Tire Kills Person on NY Highway

The investigation is ongoing.

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