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Hills East Senior Injured in Hit and Run

Student is struck by a vehicle outside of the high school, airlifted to hospital.

A senior was injured in a hit-and-run car accident Wednesday afternoon outside the entrance of the high school.

Suffolk County Police said the 18-year-old male, from Melville, attempted to walk across Vanderbilt Parkway when an oncoming vehicle heading east struck the student and fled the scene.

A helicopter arrived on the track to airlift the student to Stony Brook University Medical Center. While the victim was hospitalized, police said he did not sustain serious injuries, though they did not immediately have further information on his condition.

Police do not yet have a description of the driver or vehicle.

Jacob Henner December 01, 2011 at 02:16 AM
There have been too many accidents in front of High School East, as community members, please sign http://is.gd/3VXNot to show your support for the installation of additional traffic lights and a cross walk.
Robin December 01, 2011 at 02:21 AM
Done. We got one at West, we need one at East.
Jacob Henner December 01, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Thank you!
lucille kenney December 01, 2011 at 04:01 AM
Will do...Mrs. Kenney
Gregg Dukofsky December 01, 2011 at 06:32 AM
We just need a crossing guard....
Jacob Henner December 01, 2011 at 10:34 AM
That would be a good idea, but HSE is used many hours of the week, for many different purposes (theatre, community programs, presentations, sports, etc), and in this case a traffic light and cross walk would function better.
Tre December 01, 2011 at 12:10 PM
They should move the traffic light they have plus drivers and students need to be more careful. Too Many drivers speed past schools and do not heed traffic laws. This is a tragedy that should not have happened. Hoping the senior heals without any long term issues.
Gregg Dukofsky December 01, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Maybe a blinking yellow caution light. People tend to speed up to beat red lights. (not me of course) The main times would be the beginning of school and after school for a crossing guard. Like 7am-8am and 2pm-3:30pm approx.
Jim C December 01, 2011 at 04:57 PM
How about police speed enforcement. When I was a student (1980's) at High School East, there was an unmarked police officer hidden on Vanderbilt Pkwy between Deer Park Ave and Half Hollow Rd taking radar speed readings. Do that a few days a week and the message will get out...do not do 50 mph on Vanderbilt Pkwy....especially in vicinity of a school. All of my Dix Hills neighbors at the time knew not to speed there...especially during the day....after some of them received summonses.
silvana elmo December 01, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Please protect our children! Our taxes are high enough to allow for what ever the kids need to be kept safe. In times like this we need to come together as a community.
Ildi Zsikla Kaplan December 01, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Ildi Kaplan I was shaken when I heard the news about another student hit by a car in front of the HS East. There has been others throughout the years which makes me nerveous about having my daughters, as well as other students crossing the street. Countless times I have been at the school and see drivers whip past the school and students walking along the road. I feel that something should be done for the protection of the students. I know that there are new trafic lights and camera's by HS West as well as on Wolf Hill Road and Old Country Road by St. Anthony's. As a community we should come together and have something installed by HS East.

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