Author: Eric Schwartz/Thu, Jun 26, 2014/Categories: Blog

Long_Beach_Cop_Injured_In_Car_Accident

An accident in Long Beach has left a Long Island police officer with several broken bones.

The unidentified officer suffered broken legs, knee caps and hands when a Mercedes Benz allegedly ran a red light and crashed into the officer’s SUV, the Associated Press reported. The accident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Broadway and Edwards Boulevard, officials said.

Officials say the police officer heading to a disturbance call when the Mercedes Benz smashed into the SUV, according to the Associated Press. The driver of the Mercedes and three other passengers were uninjured. The driver was issued a ticket for running a red light, the AP reported.

Also in Long Island, the hit-and-run driver who killed a developmentally disabled teenage girl last Sunday turned himself in to surrendered to police, WABC New York reported

The driver, identified as a 48-year-old male, surrendered to police and is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of a 13-year-old girl who suffered from Down syndrome.

Nassau County police told WABC New York, the girl was crossing Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown while trying to visit her grandparents just after midnight when she was struck by a vehicle.

The driver is a former NYPD officer who was a 13-year veteran and is now on disability. He appeared in court Tuesday and is being held on $1 million bond, WBC New York reported.

The former officer’s attorney claimed his client didn’t realize he had hit anyone and went to police about 10 hours after the accident to prove he wasn’t involved, only to find out he actually was.  The man claims he thought he had hit a construction cone while traveling on Hempstead Turnpike, not realizing he had hit a person, WABC New York reported.

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