Suffolk police arrested the relative of a pickup truck driver who was involved in a collision with a motorcyclist at the scene of the crash in Huntington Station Sunday, police said.
Motorcyclist Ricardo Rivas was operating a 2002 BMW southbound on Oakwood Road when he was struck by a northbound 2013 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Michael Fiordalisi, that was attempting to turn left at the intersection of West 22nd Street at about 9:25 a.m., Suffolk police said.
Jeffrey Krieger, Fiordalisi's brother-in-law, was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. for "repeatedly crossing police tape in an attempt to take pictures," police said. Krieger, 48, of 148 Melville Rd. in Melville, was charged with misdemeanor second-degree obstructing governmental administration, police said.
Krieger was given a desk appearance ticket and will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on July 23, police said. Krieger could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Rivas, 53, of Huntington Station, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital to be treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries, police said. Fiordalisi, 49, of Huntington, was taken to Huntington Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks and the investigation is continuing. Detectives ask anyone with information on this crash to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.
In June, Suffolk police settled a $200,000 lawsuit filed by freelance photojournalist Philip Datz, of Valley Stream. As part of the settlement, Suffolk police also agreed to annually train and test all police officers on the First Amendment right of the public and media to observe, photograph and record police activity in public locations.
Datz was covering the aftermath of a police pursuit on June 29, 2011, when a Suffolk police sergeant told Datz not to film the scene. Datz continued to film the encounter, in which he was eventually arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of obstruction of governmental administration.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota dropped the charges in August 2011.