A man crossing Sunrise Highway in Merrick -- one of the region's deadliest roadways for pedestrians -- was so badly injured by a car that homicide detectives are handling the case, according to Nassau police.

The 48-year-old man was crossing north to south at Merrick Avenue about 5:35 p.m. Friday when he was struck in the eastbound lanes by the driver of a 2011 Honda Civic, who was making a left turn.

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The 49-year-old male driver -- who had been heading south on Merrick Avenue when he turned into the eastbound lanes of Sunrise -- stayed at the scene. No criminality is suspected, police said.

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The pedestrian was hospitalized in serious condition, police said.

Officer Steven Zacchia, a police spokesman, said he didn't know who had the light or the extent of injuries. There were no witnesses, he said.

Neither the pedestrian's nor driver's name was disclosed.

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For years, Sunrise Highway has been ranked as one of Nassau's deadliest roads for pedestrians. Between 2011 and 2013, seven were killed there, says the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a watchdog group.