HUNTINGTON STATION, Long Island, New York — Authorities say that a man from Long Island suffered severe injuries after a sanitation truck collided with him as he attempted to cross New York Avenue near West 11th Street in Huntington Station Friday. The sanitation vehicle is owned and operated by the town of Huntington, according to a report featured in the Daily Voice. Suffolk Police med-evac emergency helicopter transported the 61-year-old pedestrian to Stony Brook University Hospital with severe injuries. Authorities did not believe that the man’s injuries were life-threatening. Detectives assigned to Suffolk County Police Department’s Second Squad continue to investigate the crash. They asked for people with information about the incident to come forward and tell the police what they know.
The initial reports from the investigating officers assigned to Second Squad indicate that the pedestrian who was injured — a 61-year-old man from Huntington Station — was hit by a 1993 International sanitation truck as the man tried to cross New York Avenue. The police say that the pedestrian was in the roadway around 7:40 p.m. when the collision took place. Officers say that the sanitation truck was heading south on New York Avenue, approaching the intersection of West 11thStreet, when it hit the pedestrian.
Second squad officers did not describe the pedestrian’s injuries, except to say that they are serious but are not suspected to be life-threatening at this time. They noted that the sanitation truck driver did not suffer any injuries in the collision.
The Daily Voice included a photo from Google Maps of the intersection at which the crash happened. There are crosswalks guiding pedestrians across New York Avenue on either side of the intersection with West 11th Street. West 11thStreet also has crosswalks. Additionally, traffic lights control the flow of vehicles through the intersection. Police did not say if the victim was in the crosswalk or had the light when the vehicle slammed into him.
There has been no update on the current status of the investigation by the Second Squad detectives assigned to the investigation.
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