SELDEN, Long Island, N.Y. — Suffolk County Police Detectives report on a hit-and-run crash that severely injured a 76-year-old female bike rider and arrested the man they suspect fled from the scene. The man detectives charged is a 36-year-old male from Selden. According to the Daily Voice from Nassau County, the man accused of the hit-and-run received a desk ticket. The bicycle rider is still hospitalized and recovering from her injuries. The hit-and-run accident happened about one month before the police were able to identify and charge the perpetrator.
Detectives from the Suffolk Police Department’s Fifth Squad were called in to investigate a hit-and-run accident between a large sports utility vehicle and a bicycle rider. The detectives determined that the 76-year-old bike rider from Blue Point rode in a northerly direction on Blue Point Avenue in Selden around noon. The driver of a blue 2010 Lincoln Navigator SUV hit the woman on the bike while making a left-hand turn. Police investigators determined that the driver of the SUV turned from Blue Point Avenue to Middle Road.
After colliding with the bicycle rider, the driver of the SUV took off and left the woman behind with severe personal injuries. First responders raced the wounded bicycle rider to Stony Brook University Hospital. Doctors admitted her and listed her in critical condition at the time. Fortunately, the woman survived the crash and is currently recovering from her injuries.
Detectives did not say how they identified and captured the suspect. Nonetheless, police charged him with one count of leaving the scene after causing an accident involving a serious physical injury. The 36-year-old man from Selden received a desk appearance ticket. He will be formally arraigned in First District Court located in Central Islip in late May.
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