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Truck Hits Man in Wheelchair in Lynbrook, Amputates Leg

Victim hit while crossing Sunrise Highway in Lynbrook near Ocean Avenue Monday.

A Mack truck making a right turn onto Sunrise Highway in Lynbrook Monday struck a man in a wheelchair, causing one of his legs to be amputated.

Witnesses at the scene say the victim, described as a Hispanic man in his sixties, was crossing Sunrise Highway northbound in his motorized chair using the crosswalk and its signal. (He was on his way to visit a relative working at the nearby lumber yard on Ocean Avenue, according to a witness.) The truck driver apparently didn't see him though and as he was making a right turn off of Ocean Avenue and onto the westbound side of Sunrise, he hit the man.

The truck amputated the victim's leg upon impact but he remained strapped in his chair, according to one eyewitness who was consoling the still-conscious-man as police and EMTs treated him at the scene. He was transported via a Nassau County Police Medevac helicopter to Nassau University Medical Center with multiple leg fractures and head trauma.

The current status of his condition is not known at this time.

Police shut down westbound traffic on Sunrise Highway, where Crime Scene detectives were called in to investigate, and Ocean Avenue from Sunrise to Merrick Road. As of 4 p.m., these roads were still closed.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Jason July 24, 2012 at 02:44 AM
All the comments are not pertaining to this incident which was simply a tragic driver error. Nothing was inappropiate here as the wheelchair rider was doing what he was supposed to do, the driver of the truck should have been paying attention. His cell phone should be checked as there is almost no enforcement of these rules re cell use in Lynbrook or anywhere else in Nassau and Suffolk county. No surprise car accident deaths are up 13% last year.
Jason July 24, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I would have thought something like this would have happened on Ocean and Merrick This is a dangerous intersection as both Lynbrook and Nassau County have been ignoring the well known fact a left turn signal northbound on Ocean is necessary. Seems like there only money for teacher and police. As usual public safety does not rate?
Jason July 24, 2012 at 02:52 AM
No bearing here!
ImPaul July 24, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Actually, the Nassau County planning commission is considering a proposal to correct the traffic pattern at Ocean & Merrick. There's a statement about it being televised this week on the Village TV station - during the Bd of Trustees meeting - towards the end of the meeting (I believe). Actually the intersection of Sunrise & Ocean has had its fair share of accidents too - though not as many as Ocean & Merrick. However, for pedestrians - the crosswalk on Sunrise Hwy is a real danger - as so many drivers don't pay attention to pedestrian traffic there. I agree with your statement that stricter enforcement of the laws governing cell phone usage (calling & texting, etc.) is needed because the public's general lack of compliance is outrageous. I would, however, beg to differ with you regarding your negative focus on teachers and police. A rhetorical question comes to mind - Why is it that these two professions have become public punching bags, esp. teachers? Seems like quite a few people automatically blame these two groups whenever they can slip it into the conversation - whether the issue has anything to do with them or not!
Mark reyes July 24, 2012 at 03:37 PM
It's simply been a dangerous intersection forever. not much you can do about it. It is what it is..
Rhonda Goldfarb July 24, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Let them build the parking lots behind the hotel as it might alleviate the traffic situation with less people over there. The area is an eyesore and the new parking lots will make it look better.
Andrea July 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I saw this accident happen yesterday on the way to my boyfriends house. I was stopped at the red light on sunrise. The driver in the van, two vehicles before me got out of his car and ran over to help. The mack truck was stopped at the intersection. I just assumed the battery of the truck failed... But upon closer inspection, I could make out what appeared to be a man lying on the ground. He and his wheelchair were mangled and in pieces.. I don't think i'll ever get the image out of my head........
ImPaul July 24, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I too passed by, but at that point the victim was no longer on site. I did, however, see the mangled wheelchair - it was horrible just imagining what must've happened. Hopefully that image will fade quickly for you.
Rhonda Goldfarb July 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
@impaul - I saw your letter and dont believe the conclusions you have come too. This man has an established business that has proven itself as a good neighbor. The board should vote to approve the parking lots and from what I have heard have told him to come back in August and it will be a done deal.
Helen Pine July 24, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Iampaul........your comment about the proposed parking lot expansion at the Holiday Inn has nothing to do with an unfortunate human error accident on the part of a truck driver. You should be ashamed of yourself using this forum as a way to voice your zoning opinions. And if you must know, if anything, the parking lot expansion would actually aleviate the very congested Ocean Avenue traffic, as it would offer a new entrance on Merton.
Rhonda Goldfarb July 24, 2012 at 07:10 PM
@impaul - lets be honest you have tried to use this tragedy to support your personal view. But the potential impact is neglible at best to the one street it effects over there. that is the point it has a small effect on one and only one street, the view of people 10 blocks away is pretty meaningless. As for what the board would do, from what I have heard from both the Mayor and all the board members is that they told the owner as long as he got the neighbors to agree on the project for one house they could easily push it through for the other two.
Helen Pine July 24, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Iampaul......i too have taken a look at the article/letter you attached above. The "beautiful neighborhood" that is described is surrounded by the town garbage department on one end of the block and commercial office buildings on the other end. So please state all the facts!!! You are not in a beautiful neighborhood setting to begin with.
Lisette Candia July 24, 2012 at 07:55 PM
This man was my grandfather. Thanks to immediate medical assistance he is now in stable condition.
Rhonda Goldfarb July 24, 2012 at 08:18 PM
We pray for his ongoing recovery
Matthew Hogan July 24, 2012 at 08:42 PM
@Lisette Candia: Very happy to hear the news. Thank you for the update and best wishes to your grandfather on a speedy recovery. -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor
ImPaul July 24, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Lisette - that's great news - thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Please accept my very best wishes to your grandfather for a rapid recovery.
Dave Yolinsky July 24, 2012 at 11:37 PM
@Lisette Candia: I was there with him, unbelievable feeling to know he's stable. I hope his recovery goes well.
Helen Pine July 25, 2012 at 06:40 PM
@impaul.....my comment was not meant towards the individual homes on the street. They are very lovely homes. My comment was meant towards YOUR article, which YOU provided a link to, where you state "Can you imagine-having lovely homes opposite and/or adjacent to yours and then soon having those buidlings demolished for the convenience of a hotel to have an additional parking lot? Can you imagine the change in view?" Your letter is very misleading to someone who is not familiar with the area. Your neighborhood is already semi-commercial. At the east end of Merton you have the Sanitation Department and at the west end you have Ocean Avenue with Cambr, Holiday Inn and Rockville Centre Inn. Your homes, already face the Town Sanitation Department. How can the veiw get any worse?? Additionaly, how terribly grand and gracious of you to want to take this discussion elswhere so as to not beleaguer the issue of this tragic accident when you are the one that STARTED this discussion in the first place. @Lisette.....so happy to hear you grandfather is doing better. I wish him and your family the best. I'm sorry to have gotten so off track, but it was just so annoying to see @Impaul using this tragedy to voice his ZONING opinions!!!!
ImPaul July 26, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Although I’m new to posting comments on Patch.com, I certainly am surprised at how quickly some individuals rush to judgment regarding the motives of others. Although one may argue someone else is biased in their comments and purposely and/or carelessly leaving out facts - it's interesting one chooses to make such a rash assessment without checking further. But then again that's the risk one takes when posting on an open forum. However, I am not implying that my supposition is fact, I'm simply sharing my point of view, choose to believe what you wish if you even care at all. At this point - I will continue my point of view within the context of the letter to the editor regarding the zoning change originally appearing July 11th, for anyone might be interested. I have, therefore, copied and pasted all comments from this thread on the page associated with the link I posted above - yesterday afternoon. Shalom.
Thomas Sofianos July 26, 2012 at 01:50 AM
How did this become a forum for zoning issues, ImPaul? Wow. Take it up with the powers that be, it was a tragic accident, period, Not a guise to start posting zoning issues. Get a life. One which thankfully the victim still has.
Siobhan Ziccardi July 26, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Lisette... I am so sorry that this happened to your grandfather. My friend and I were in the car on Ocean ave behind the truck. We called for an ambulance right away. I am glad to hear he is stable. Please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!
Lisette Candia July 26, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Thank you everyone for your prayers, I will make sure my grandfather hears them the next time I visit him. It will be sure to lift his spirit and morale during these difficult times.
janey.1985 July 26, 2012 at 06:40 AM
@impaul - i can't believe the stupidity you've put up with from some of these people - don't even waste your time answering their comments - they're just baiting u. your arguments make sense - that's all that matters. if any consolation, i read all of ur comments and its clear enough for me that you weren't trying to inject anything improper. i see it as u providing nother possible contributeing factor to the problems people face crossing sunrise. /////////////////////////////// @lisette - its great to hear that ur grandfather is doing better, i'll be sure to join everyone else in praying for his recovery
Helen Pine July 26, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Exactly my point @Thomas Sofianos.............I apologize for getting reeled into and probably adding to @Impaul's zoning view comments. This is not what this whole article should have been about!!
allison.mz July 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
@helen - you are so full of it it's you who took impauls comments out of context and did a series of rants on it. all that guy was doing was giving reason why he thought it was dangerous for people crossing sunrise highway and that he thought allowing the parking lot would only make matters worse because of reckless driving. don't blame him or anyone else for taking this off comment focus - its u who n the other 1 who did that. and how dare you tell people the block is cruddy so what does it matter if this happens. i bet if something was going on where u live u'd be screamin bloody murder. hypocrit - he even pulled his comments and tried to move this issue else where yet u keep mentioning him rather than ur loud mouth. take responsabiility for what u did dont blame any1 else there r words for peeps like u - but if i use it would be removed - just consider a choice profanity and u no what i think about u. i def agree with u janey but im sorry as i dont feel she deserves being treated so polite. im so sick and tired of people like her.
allison.mz July 26, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Lisette im sorry if it sounds like i'm disrespecting u and ur family i'm not. im so glad to hear ur granddad is getting stable. i'll keep ur family in my praryers
Edgar Maldonado Guerra July 28, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Thank you for the comments. Requesting god who improves it soon. Been grateful of the good persons who here have shared a second of his time with my uncle. And giving my better energies for, of whom I have many pretty moments. I commit an outrage against all kinds of comment say goodbye. Very grateful Edgar Maldonado Guerra
Mike July 28, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Lisette/Edgar: I am glad that your Grandfather/Uncle is doing better. I also was there with him and am so glad that he is recovering. My thoughts are with him and your family.
valval July 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM
my heart goes out to you ,i wish you all the best and i hope your grandfather has a speedy recovery
SHARON DUFFY July 31, 2012 at 02:41 PM
It is RVC"S garbage department that was put there without letting anyone from LYNBROOK (Merton Ave) know years ago. Why must Merton Ave, in the "beautiful" town of Lynbrook, be subject to bullying by anyone, including you. Now they are proposing a park for Molloy College down the block by RVC.Then what? We are being pushed out of our homes after being here for 38 years.

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