Deer Park man charged in hit-and run

Kenneth Jones Jr., 19, of Deer Park is

Kenneth Jones Jr., 19, of Deer Park is charged with leaving the scene of an accident without reporting serious physical injury, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property after fleeing the scene of an accident that left a man critically injured, police said. (Credit: SCPD)

A Deer Park man who police said left the scene of a hit-and-run crash in North Babylon on Thursday was released on his own recognizance Saturday at his arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip.

Kenneth Jones Jr., 19, was arrested Friday and charged with leaving the scene of an accident without reporting serious physical injury, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

Jones pleaded not guilty.


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Two other motorcyclists were involved in the 12:40 p.m. crash on Route 231 in North Babylon, but Jones left his 2002 Suzuki motorcycle at the scene on Deer Park Avenue and fled on foot, police said.

Jones' attorney, J. Stewart Moore of Central Islip, said Jones' accident was "completely separate" from the first crash that occurred and that Jones spoke with the motorcyclist involved in the accident and everything was "resolved."

Police said Travis Lovett of Brentwood was riding a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle northbound on Deer Park Avenue, when he rear-ended a 2011 Ford Escape being driven by Jacqueline Morrison, of Babylon. Morrison lost control of her vehicle, and the Ford Escape overturned, police said.

Jones and Stanley Severe, 22, of Deer Park, the driver of a 2007 Honda motorcycle, also traveling north on Deer Park Avenue could not stop in time and also crashed, police said.

Lovett, 20, of Brentwood, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, with a head injury. He was in critical condition as of Saturday afternoon.

Morrison, 54, of Babylon, and her 3-year-old granddaughter were treated at Good Samaritan for injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said. Severe, 22, of Deer Park, did not receive medical treatment, police said.

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