John Flores, 8, and Gerardo Melendez, 12, both of Hicksville, were struck just after 6:40 p.m. as they were walking to a pizzeria located on Deer Park Avenue near Lake Avenue, police said. A Toyota Camry driven by Syed Tirmizi, 55, of Dix Hills, crashed into a Second Precinct police cruiser as Tirmizi turned left from the southbound lane at the Lake Avenue intersection. The police car then struck the children, according to Newsday.
NBC New York reported that the two young boys were cousins and that Jose Flores, John’s father, was walking with them at the time of the accident.
The 8-year-old was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. The 12-year old was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was listed in stable condition with an isolated ankle injury. The police officer suffered a concussion. Tirmizi was not injured, according to Pix11.
Both vehicles were impounded for inspection, Pix11 reported.