BAY SHORE, Long Island, N.Y. — A 39-year-old man clings to life after being run down by a motorist who never stopped to check on him. The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. on Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore. Fifth Avenue was described as a very busy thoroughfare, according to CBS New York. A second pedestrian was also hurt in the accident. That pedestrian is expected to be okay. The second pedestrian described the suspect’s vehicle as a white SUV. Folks who live in the area near the crash site say that it is time that cars slow down. Suffolk Police investigators have not turned up a suspect at this time and have asked for the public’s help locating the operator and the vehicle involved.
Suffolk Police crash investigators said that the critically injured 39-year-old pedestrian and his friend were walking along Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore, which is known as a very busy street, to go to a deli. As they neared the intersection of Fairtown Road, an SUV rode straight into them. The driver then took off without stopping.
Police have secured a surveillance video of the scene of the crash. They have also acquired surveillance video from the route along which the driver fled with the expectation they will be able to identify the vehicle and subsequently, the fleeing driver. Police suspect that the SUV involved in the crime will have front end damage.
The shocked relatives of the critically injured man said that he is suffering from a broken pelvis and several broken ribs. The relatives also said that the injured man made his living as a painter.
People who live in the area surrounding the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Fairtown Road said that vehicles speed up and down the street all day. Others wondered whether it was time for the town to install traffic lights in an attempt to slow traffic.
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