Cops: Teen critical after being hit near parkway

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A 14-year-old boy critically injured Tuesday night near an entrance ramp to the eastbound Southern State Parkway in Nassau County was not in a crosswalk when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle whose driver had a suspended license, State Police said.

Police did not release the identity of the teen, but said he was initially taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow -- for treatment of severe head trauma and "multiple" broken bones.

The teen was later transferred to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, police said. Police said he was in critical condition late Wednesday. His condition was not available early Thursday.

Police said the accident occurred at 8:13 p.m. on Central Avenue near the parkway.

The scene was just a short distance from where the teen lives, police said, though it was unclear where the boy was headed when he was struck.

Police said the driver, Victoria Ruane, 53, of Franklin Square, was charged with traffic offenses, including operating the vehicle without a license and for being uninsured.

Police said she remained at the scene and that the investigation is ongoing.

Police said Ruane, driving a Ford Escape, was trying to enter the eastbound parkway from northbound Central Avenue when she struck the young teen in North Valley Stream.

Police are asking any potential witnesses to call them at 631-756-3300. All calls will remain confidential, police said.

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