SHIRLEY, LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — A 50-year-old man from Shirley was accused by police of running over a pedestrian as the man backed his van out of his driveway. The motorist fled the scene, and police finally captured him almost two hours after the crash. The pedestrian sustained injuries described by police as non-life-threatening according to Newsday. There was no word on whether the driver was released from jail after facing a judge the next day.
Suffolk County Police responded to Winston Drive in Shirley around 9:55 p.m. for a report of an individual who was struck by an automobile. The responding officers found a person down in the road suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. Police investigators determined that a motorist backing out of a driveway on Winston Drive struck the pedestrian and proceeded to drive away from the area. Police believe the man who struck the pedestrian lived on Winston Drive in Shirley as was driving a 2008 Ford Econoline van.
Officers were able to seize the suspect vehicle around 11;35 p.m. in Manorville, N.Y. Officers placed the man they suspect to be the fleeing driver under arrest. Police formally charged the 50-year-old man with first degree leaving the scene and second-degree reckless endangerment according to a report appearing in the Patch.com.
The injured pedestrian was admitted to Long Island Community Hospital located in East Patchogue for treatment of his injuries. Meanwhile, the driver of the 2008 Ford Econoline van remained held Friday night at Suffolk County PD’s Seventh Precinct. The driver was expected to face a judge Saturday morning at First District Court in Central Islip. The man was to be arraigned at that time. Neither media outlet had an update on the conditions of release of the van driver. Also, there was no update on the physical status of the injured pedestrian.
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