2017-07-06 / Front Page

Man found dead on Great South Bay and another killed in motorcycle crash in West Babylon

Photo by Joe TurnerPhoto by Joe TurnerThe body of an Amityville man was found floating in the water, south of Tanner Park, Copiague yesterday.

Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives identified the victim Joseph Unger, 57, and gave this account: 

At approximately 3:05 p.m. a boater observed Unger floating in the water, approximately one mile south of Tanner Park, and notified police. A Copiague Fire Department boat responded and recovered the man and transported him to Tanner Park where Suffolk County Police found an empty 17-foot clamming boat nearby.

 A physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner pronounced Unger dead at the scene.

 The Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Sources said Unger was a retired New York City Police Officer and a longtime Bayman.

 In the meantime, the investigation is continuing, and Detectives are asking anyone with additional information to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392.

 In another tragic incident that took the life of a West Babylon man, police report that yesterday, at approximately 3:40 p.m. Stevenson Jean was traveling northbound on Straight Path near the intersection of 15th St., when his 2006 Honda motorcycle crashed into a 2016 Honda Accord that was travelling southbound on Straight Path and attempting to make a left hand turn onto 15th Street.

 Jean, 23, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Honda, Joseph Bisceglie, 95, of West Babylon, was also transported to Good Samaritan for treatment of an undisclosed condition.

 Both vehicles were impounded for a safety check. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the First Squad at 631-854-8152.


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