John Ricciardi was pulled over by police on Outlook Drive in North Babylon but when the officer approached Ricciardi’s vehicle, the 49-year-old man drove off, blowing three stop signs at 4:15 a.m., police said.
Ricciardi allegedly lost control of the vehicle after about one mile, struck a retaining wall and crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of Little East Neck Road and Belmont Avenue in West Babylon, police said.
Ricciardi was pronounced dead at the scene. His vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is ongoing.
First Squad detectives ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-854-8152 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.