The North Babylon man charged in connection with a New Year's Eve hit-and-run crash in West Islip that critically injured a teenager told investigators he left the scene because he didn't have "a good license," court documents say.
Kristofer Busching, 25, of 150 Prairie Dr., whom police arrested Sunday, told investigators he hit the teen, identified in papers as Ryan McCarthy, with his vehicle because he believed either McCarthy or another man had thrown something at his car and yelled at him when he was driving in West Islip. Police would not disclose the age or community of the victim, saying only he is a teenager.
According to court documents, at about 10:20 p.m., Busching was driving northbound on Udall Road when he passed two men on the street who "threw something at my car and yelled something at me," he told investigators.
Busching said he hit McCarthy after he made a U-turn and drove at them to scare them.
"One kid ran out of the way and the other one was in the middle of the street and I hit him with my car," he told investigators. "I don't have a good driver's license. So I got out of there."
Busching is charged with first-degree assault causing injury through risking death, leaving the scene of an accident, third-degree criminal mischief, petty larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy after police said he tried to hide the damage the hit caused his 2012 Chrysler 300.
His Nesconset-based attorney Michael A. Gajdos entered a plea of not guilty during his arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip Monday. Judge Ann Spelman set Busching's bail at $25,000 cash or $60,000 bond.
"It seems like this charge of assault may be a bit of overcharging," Gajdos said afterward.
Also arrested were the passenger in the car during the alleged assault, Carlo Caamano, 19, and Busching's girlfriend, Alicia Santamaria, 23, both of Bay Shore, who police said tried to cover up the crash.
Caamano is charged with one count each of second degree hindering prosecution, fifth degree conspiracy and third degree criminal mischief, court documents show. He told authorities Busching offered him $400 to steal a side-view mirror from a similar vehicle to replace the one broken off during the hit and run, papers say.
He was ordered held on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.
Judge Spelman also issued orders of protection barring Caamano and Busching from contacting McCarthy.
Santamaria is charged with second-degree hindering prosecution, a felony, and fifth-degree conspiracy for buying a cover to hide the damage to Busching's vehicle, court papers said.
Santamaria was released after posting $1,000 cash bail.
Both pleaded not guilty.
McCarthy suffered internal injuries and bleeding, head trauma, a spinal injury and broken bones, court records show. He remains at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he is listed in critical but stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.