Hauppauge Man Dies After Hitting Garbage Truck in St. James

A police investigation is underway.

Update 12:30 p.m.: A Hauppauge driver was killed Wednesday morning in a St. James accident. 

According to Suffolk County Police, Jaime Rodriguez, 25, of Hauppauge, crossed into the westbound lanes while driving eastbound on Route 25 near Huber Place in a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee when he collided with a 2004 Mack garbage truck. The accident occurred at roughly 2 a.m.

A physician assistant from the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office pronounced Rodriguez dead at the scene.

Joseph Mundy, 50, who was driving the garbage truck, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are at the scene conducting an investigation. Anyone with information could call the Fourth Precinct at 854-8444.


Update 8:45 a.m.- Middle Country Road is now open.


Original story:

A fatal car crash in St. James early Wednesday morning has closed a section of Middle Country Road.

According to police, a garbage truck traveling westbound on Middle Country Road collided with a car traveling eastbound at 2:03 a.m. Police said the male driver of the car died at the scene. The driver of the garbage truck was transported to Stony Brook Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police have closed Middle Country Road between Lake Avenue and Hillside Avenue due to an ongoing investigation. The names of the drivers have not been released. Patch will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

jeremiah bullfrog January 16, 2013 at 05:51 PM
For those of you who didnt see the news footage, the driver of the car crossed over and hit the front of the garbage truck with the drivers side door. It could have been anybody, and if it was a car instead of a garbage truck, there would be more dead bodies. The car (some sort of cherokee I beleive) was unrecognizable. That doesnt happen in a 40mph crash. This person was speeding and lost control. 2am, we all can do the math!
Jonathan Vecchi January 16, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Jeremiah is right, based on the description above it seems that the garbage truck was not at fault. As more details emerge we will be able to tell more. However, I have heard of garbage truck driving issues over the last week. Maybe that is another Patch article to write and discuss.
Cathy January 16, 2013 at 06:40 PM
All I said Jeremiah, was there ther was a lot of garbage trucks in the news. What ever happened, there is some poor family grieving for a loved one. Let us all be kind with our words. We were not there and I am sure we do not want to inflict any more pain on a grieving family.
localguy January 16, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Can't blame the garbage truck here. He was in his lane.......... Who knows what is to blame. Maybe weather, maybe alcohol/drugs, speed of the vehicles and maybe even some inexperince behind the wheel. As mentioned above, thankfully it wasn't another passenger vehicle or there would be multiple deaths.
Sarge January 16, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Now do you all feel like morons, accusing the garbage truck driver of being drunk? More likely the Jeep driver was, he crossed into lane of truck.
Cam January 16, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Ignorant people! The guy who died crossed into the other lane! It's not the truck drivers fault!
Natalia January 16, 2013 at 07:52 PM
As a friend of the man who died - how about you all stop playing the blame game and show compassion and empathy.
Cathy January 16, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Agreed Natalia. I am so sorry for your loss.
localguy January 16, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Sorry for your loss............
Ida January 16, 2013 at 10:06 PM
He was a very nice young man.....and I new him the nicest person he will be miss
Ida January 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Knew* missed*
Lawrence C January 16, 2013 at 11:34 PM
I wouldn't be so quick to put blame on the Jeep driver. These "garbage men" drive on both sides of a road to pick up their trash. Think about them coming down your block. HMMMM........They have no regard for the flow of traffic.
jeremiah bullfrog January 17, 2013 at 12:20 AM
C'mon Lawrence C, did you even read the article?
Diana Rodriguez January 17, 2013 at 01:32 PM
As a family member of the deceased, I would ask that people don't place judgement on either the deceased or the driver. It was late and conditions were bad and anything could have happened. I'm assuming no one that's making baseless accusations is a detective or CSI officer who arrived at the scene and if you read the first update on the story, the blame was originally placed on the truck driver and then switched to the deceased in the second run through. In other words, either story is plausible and as a grieving sister, I would ask that people stop making their own conclusions and keep any negative comments to themselves. Show some compassion for those who actually care.
Kerry T January 17, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Agreed all of the deceased family is going through so much right now as playing the blame game will not do anything to bring back my friends brother. It was an accident a terrible one in which the family is devastated over as any of you would be if it happened to your family. Show some respect and don't be making comments on things you don't know truly know the facts to.
WOODY11780 January 17, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Ellen L. January 17, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Stop placing blame, it's not for you to judge, how dare you - may Jaime rest in peace. Let us not forget that he is gone and his family and friends grieve his loss.
Danielperez January 17, 2013 at 10:14 PM
This is my cousin your talking about ,know this could happen to anyone and any family so show respect and be thankful for your families, if you really don't have supportive things to say shut up because I'm here to find out whats going on and the comments are soo ... Idk the word beside heartless
jeremiah bullfrog January 17, 2013 at 11:08 PM
So sorry for your loss, there are just a few people eager to place blame on the driver of the garbage truck too quickly
Debra Gress January 18, 2013 at 12:58 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. The pain must be immense. Hearing unkind words is the last thing you need to deal with. Don't read these comments. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. (HUGS)
Sarah January 18, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Seriously! I am a friend of the family, and seeing them read these comments is almost harder than the actual news itself :/ Your comments are public people!
Kerry T January 18, 2013 at 07:33 AM
Well like Diana said unless any of you are detectives or part of the team that was on the scene there is no reason to make assumptions either way and the family and friends are already going through enough they don't need to see all the negative comments. So like the saying goes if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything.
jeremiah bullfrog January 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Its not an assumption that the car crossed over into the trucks path, its part of the story. Its also not an assumption that that car was tore up much worse than safe speeds for the weather conditions at the time. Its sad when a momentary decision costs a young person their life.......
Kerry T January 18, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Exactly it's very sad so who are you to be commenting, if your not directly involved why benefit are you getting from hurting the family anymore. They have a wake to go to today so why don't we all do them a favor and stop with the commenting. Read the article stay up to date but just keep the comments to yourself because in the long run your opinions aren't going to matter on figuring out exactly what happened all they will do is hurt the family with anything negative you think you need to say on here.
unknownauthor January 18, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Diana I'm across the street from your family, I'm so sorry for your loss. And I'm sorry that people have to make such comments. my prayers are with you and your family.
Yurmama January 19, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Probably a drunk driver @ 2am
GmanInCali January 19, 2013 at 02:50 PM
This is Sad for both sides involved ! Yes, especially the Deceased grieving Family and friends ! Its unfortunate that these things happen. Sometimes when you approach a big truck, especially a working Garbage truck, please use extra Caution when passing them !
kathy m February 03, 2013 at 07:22 PM
i know the truck driver and he does not drink ,so until you know the facts dont acuse people of things
kathy m February 03, 2013 at 07:25 PM
what about the driver of the garbage truck ?do you not think he is feeling anything ,granted a man is dead but think of the other person who was inocent just doing his job
Ana Gonzales April 17, 2014 at 09:02 AM
Prayer to the person die. Sometimes it hard to control destiny your life.


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