A Suffolk County highway patrol officer was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital Friday after his patrol car was struck by a pickup truck as he waited along the shoulder of Sunrise Highway to make a traffic stop, police said. The officer had been on the lookout for the vehicle, whose driver had been seen "weaving" on the road.
The officer, whom police did not identify, suffered non-life-threatening injuries but remained in the hospital last night, police said.
The accident occurred about 11:40 a.m. near Exit 51, Nicolls Road, in Bayport.
Police said the pickup's driver, Jason Rosenzweig, 23, of Montauk Point, suffered minor injuries and was given medical treatment at the scene. He was issued summonses for reckless driving and unsafe lane change, police said.
Police said Rosenzweig was driving a 2013 Dodge truck and crashed into the patrol car, which was stopped alongside the westbound roadway.
The officer had pulled over to make a traffic stop after police got a 911 call reporting a driver weaving on the westbound road. Police said the officer was in front of that vehicle.
Traffic in both directions was stopped temporarily so police could land the helicopter used to airlift the officer.
The truck that struck the officer's car matched the description of the vehicle reported in the emergency call, police said.