Cops: Driver sought in Huntington hit-run

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Suffolk County police investigators continue to look for the driver of a sport utility vehicle who they said took off from a Huntington gas station after hitting an attendant, leaving him on the ground Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators said they believe the male driver was a customer at the gas station, and they are checking credit card receipts of customers who were there about the time the man was hit.

Witnesses told investigators that a Jeep Grand Cherokee was trying to pull out of Sunoco at 1888 E. Jericho Tpke., when it hit an employee standing by the gas pumps.

The last four numbers on the SUV's plate may be "5109" according to witness accounts, said Det. Sgt. James Madden.

Syed Jaffery, 60, of Greenlawn, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was in critical condition Wednesday night, police said.

The accident happened about 4:20 p.m., and the vehicle was last seen going east on Jericho Turnpike, police said.

Madden, commanding officer of the vehicular crime unit, which has taken over investigation, said Syed sustained a life-threatening injury.

"The driver struck him, and the driver should know that he struck him," Madden said.

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Police are looking for the driver, who appeared to be in his 20s or 30s, and his newer model SUV, which had out-of-state plates and was gray or silver.

Witnesses and anyone with information may call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.

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