A 36-year-old male police officer was in a medically induced coma resulting from a serious head injury he suffered last week when a speeding vehicle struck him. The officer underwent surgery and was in stable condition Friday night at Stony Brook University Hospital’s Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, according to Newsday.
The incident took place after the officer and his partner pulled over a 2014 Ford Explorer at about 1:30 p.m. Monday on Partridge Lane. The officers told the driver they had pulled over the Explorer because he had an outstanding warrant. It was later reported that the vehicle was stolen.
The driver, identified as a 34-year-old man, fled the scene at a high rate of speed, striking both officers. The second officer was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries and was later released, according to Newsday.
The driver and a male passenger were arrested shortly after the incident when they stopped at a Target in Central Islip and attempted to purchase a television with a stolen credit card, Newsday reported.
The two men were arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday, with more than 100 officers looking on, according to Newsday. The driver is facing multiple charges, including assault on a police officer and leaving the scene of a serious injury incident. The passenger was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Earlier in September a Rocky Point teenager was killed in a crash in Central Islip.
Police said an 18-year-old male was sitting in the back of his friend’s 2005 Acura when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree along Lowell Avenue just after midnight on Sep 5, News 12 Long Island reported.
The teen was critically injured in the crash and was transported to Southside Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A second backseat passenger suffered back injuries while the driver is recovering from a broken arm and fractured hip. A front passenger was not injured.