A 26-year-old man was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with a serious head injury after the cab he was riding in crashed into a parked car Sunday evening in Riverhead, police said.
Riverhead Town police said the cab crashed when the driver, who is a friend of the victim, became distracted while picking an item off the floor and lost control of the cab.
The accident occurred on Pulaski Street near Hamilton Avenue at about 8:15 p.m.
Police said the cab, a 2005 Chevrolet Venture minivan from Day and Night Taxi Limo Service, had veered off the road, striking a parked 2000 Nissan pickup truck.
As a result of the collision police said the victim, identified as Tarell Holloway, of Riverhead, struck his head, suffering what police described as "a serious head injury."
Police said the driver, identified as Charles L. Williams, 23, of Riverhead, told them he was driving westbound on Pulaski when he became distracted "picking an item off the floor of his vehicle" and veered into the parked pickup -- which was on the eastbound side of the road.
The accident remains under investigation, though police said no charges are anticipated.