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A Long Island man was killed Tuesday night when he was struck by a county social services van while attempting to cross the Long Island Expressway in Holtsville, Suffolk County police said.

The fatal crash occurred on Dec. 11 at 7:50 p.m. along the Long Island Expressway between Exits 62 and 63, authorities said.

The man, Ryan Marshall, 24, of Coram, was heading east on the LIE in a 2005 Honda CRV when he ran out of gas. Cops said he left his vehicle and started walking along the highway. Investigators believe he was trying to walk across multiple lanes to reach a Suffolk County Highway Patrol officer who was stopped in the expressway’s center median.

Marshall was struck by a county-owned 2006 Ford minivan, as he attempted to cross the highway’s high-occupancy-vehicle lane, police said. He died at the scene.

The 55-year-old van driver was an employee of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services, police said. She was not injured and remained at the scene to wait for police.

Investigators were on scene for several hours Tuesday night and have impounded the vehicle involved. They said their investigation is still ongoing.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

Andrew Tetreault contributed to this report.

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