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Commack man was on his way to work at Baumann & Sons when he was struck at Ronkonkoma intersection.

Suffolk County Police are investigating a motor vehicle accident that killed a Commack bus driver while he was crossing Veterans Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma this morning.

According to police, 69-year-old Wayne Wickard was crossing the highway on his way to his job as a driver for Baumann & Sons Bus Company when he was struck by a 1998 Dodge Neon heading west through the intersection of Vets Highway and 5th Avenue at around 6 a.m. 

Wickard, of Commack, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician's assistant of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. 

Annete Agliato, 53, of Bohemia was identified as the driver of the Dodge Neon. She was not injured. Her vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

Police are asking anyone who might have additional information to call the Fifth Precinct at (631) 854-8552 or Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. 


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