Shirley woman critical after getting hit by car in front yard

Valerie Fahie, a 62-year-old Shirley woman out mowing her lawn, was struck and injured by a car on Sunday, June 1, 2014. (Credit: James Carbone)

A 62-year-old Shirley woman who neighbors and family said was mowing her lawn was struck and critically injured by a car late Sunday morning, according to Suffolk County police.

Valerie Fahie, of 89 Winston Dr., was standing on the edge of her property near the intersection of Maple Avenue and Winston Drive at about 11:45 a.m. Sunday when she was hit by a 2014 Kia driven by Michael Manente, 36, of South Carolina, police said.

Fahie was brought to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue where she was listed in critical condition, police said.


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A passerby stopped and applied chest compressions on Fahie before she was brought to the hospital, witnesses said.

Fahie works at Brookhaven Hospital, according to her sister-in-law, Sharon Fahie, who lives a few blocks away.

Manente was uninjured and no charges have been filed, police said.

Michael Galligan, who lives cater-cornered to Valerie Fahie on Winston Drive, said: "I heard a thud and then brakes screech. I hear . . . [the driver] say, 'She walked right in front of me. I didn't see her.' "

Lisa Tanza, who was visiting her niece a few houses north on Maple Avenue, saw a woman doing chest compressions on the victim.

Neighbors said vehicles drive dangerously fast down the street.

Sharon Fahie said Valerie Fahie had tried to get stop signs installed and had gotten the town to post a speed limit sign of 30 mph.

"This road is like a runway," Sharon Fahie said.

"We need a four-way stop sign," said Debbie Galligan, Michael Galligan's wife.

Brian Reilly, 62, another neighbor who had been talking to the victim's husband when the accident happened, said, "They've been asking for a four-way stop sign, gotta be 10 years."

The sedan with Georgia plates had its front windshield smashed on the passenger side and was being photographed by police Sunday afternoon.

A lawn mower was on the grass next to it. Police could not confirm the account from witnesses that Fahie was mowing her lawn when she was hit.

The side yard of the house along Maple Avenue had been mowed while the front yard had about a week's worth of growth.

The investigation is continuing, police said.

Any witnesses can call 631-852-8752.

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