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MOUNT SINAI/Police search for driver who critically injured woman

Police yesterday were searching for the driver of a tan car that struck a woman in Mount Sinai and left her on the road in critical condition.

The woman, who may have been jogging, was identified as Karen Benjamin, 56, of Coram, police said.

Police sought the public's help in finding the driver who struck her.

Benjamin was on Canal Road west of Mount Sinai/Coram Road about 11 a.m. when she was hit by a light or tan midsized car that fled, police said.

The unconscious woman was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital.

Police said anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.

-- Jennifer Barrios


CENTRAL ISLIP/Woman accused of DWI with 7-year-old in car arraigned

A 42-year-old grandmother who Suffolk County police said pretended to be her daughter while being arrested for driving drunk with her 7-year-old granddaughter was ordered held at the Suffolk County jail on $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash bail at her arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip yesterday.

Wanda Carter, who police said was homeless, was also ordered held on $25 bail for a previous outstanding warrant.

She is accused of speeding and driving erratically on Sunrise Highway in Patchogue early Saturday morning while her granddaughter was in the car.

After police pulled her over, Carter allegedly identified herself as her daughter, saying she didn't have her driver's license with her. Police said Carter was intoxicated and had 28 prior suspensions on her license and two warrants.

Carter was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child 15 years or younger, otherwise known as Leandra's Law, driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree forgery, criminal impersonation and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

She is due back in court on Thursday.

-- Jennifer Barrios


COPIAGUE/$1M bond set for Amityville man accused in shooting

An Amityville man accused of shooting three people at a house party on Saturday has been ordered held in jail on $1 million bond.

Tehron Sims, 25, of 4 Biel Dr., was arraigned yesterday on three counts of assault to cause physical injury with a weapon and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Judge Paul Hensley ordered Sims be held at the Suffolk County jail on $1 million bond or $500,000 cash bail and granted two orders of protection keeping Sims away from two of those shot.

Sims was arrested after police were called to a house on Maple Court in Copiague about 1:40 a.m. on Saturday to break up a party and discovered that three people had been shot.

Police said a witness pointed Sims out as the shooter while the crowd was dispersing and he was taken into custody. His attorney Phillip Murphy could not be reached for comment.

The three victims were taken to area hospitals.

-- Tania Lopez

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