Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a
pedestrian in Farmingville on Feb. 5.
Steven Godden was driving a 2022 Mercedes-Benz northbound on North Ocean Avenue at Granny Road
when he swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting Roland Degroff, who was running east across the
roadway at the intersection against the direction of traffic control devices at 7:40 p.m. The Mercedes
struck Degroff, who was then struck by a 2021 Hyundai Sonata being operated by Yair Pacheco.
Degroff, 58, of Port Jefferson Station, was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in Patchogue
where he was pronounced dead. Neither Godden, 41, of Mount Sinai, or Pacheco, 44, of Coram, or two
passengers in the Mercedes-Benz, were injured.
The vehicles were both impounded for safety checks. Detectives are asking anyone with information on
the crash to contact the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.