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Police Searching for Suspect in Commack Hit and Run

The vehicle is described as a maroon, tree service pickup truck.

Suffolk County Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the driver in a hit and run crash that injured an elderly woman on March 16 at the intersection of Commack Road and Jericho Turnpike.

According to police, the male suspect was driving a pickup truck north on Commack Road when he turned east onto Jericho Turnpike, lost control of the vehicle and struck a 2013 Cadillac driven by an elderly female on Saturday, March 16 at approximately 2:40 p.m. The pick-up truck then fled east on Jericho Turnpike, officials said. The elderly female was treated and released from Huntington Hospital.

The truck is described as maroon, with the words Tree Service in yellow on each side of the vehicle. The truck also had a cap covering the rear bed, police said. The truck driver and his male passenger were both wearing neon traffic or construction worker vests. The suspect’s vehicle sustained damage to the front passenger side and a flat front right tire.

Officers are asking anyone who may have information about the incident, witnessed the crash when it occurred, or has information on the vehicle involved to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

*This article has been corrected. Police originally stated that the suspect fled east on Commack Road. The driver actually fled east on Jericho Turnpike.

Irondog April 03, 2013 at 12:49 PM
"The pick-up truck then fled east on Commack Road." How does one flee EAST on Commack Road??? Commack Road is North/South.
Paul L. April 03, 2013 at 12:58 PM
The pick-up truck then fled east on Commack Road FYI Commack Road runs north-south
Amanda Lindner (Editor) April 03, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Thank you. The information is taken directly from police. We have asked them to correct the direction and send us the updated information.
Paul L. April 03, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Yeah, I've seen a few police reports with the facts all wrong. Kinda scary. Thanks for updating, Amanda.
Amanda Lindner (Editor) April 03, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Thank you for pointing it out!
knee jerk April 04, 2013 at 01:51 PM
I'm curious, where does the money for that $5,000 reward come from? Has anyone ever collected in other cases or is this just some sort of scam to turn your friends in? Is this in lieu of the police doing some actual legwork to aprehend the (landscrapers)?
pbug56 April 04, 2013 at 05:02 PM
I wonder why Newslessday never reported this the next day, not even in the local edition emails they send out.
knee jerk April 04, 2013 at 05:18 PM
I'd like to catch these two guys. I have some tree work I need done, then I could turn them in for the reward. It's a win, win, situation

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