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11-year-old bicyclist struck by car, airlifted to hospital

An 11-year-old Babylon boy who was riding his bicycle in West Babylon Sunday was seriously hurt after he was struck by a car while leaving a parking lot, Suffolk police said.

Alex Point du Jour of Cooper Street was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital after he was hit at about 4:30 p.m. by a car driven by Patricia Cavaliere, 71, of Atlantic Avenue in Massapequa, First Squad detectives said.

An aunt, Constance Etienne, said the boy was at the Sawyer Avenue Pool with his older brother when he got struck.

"He has a scar on his head," said an aunt, Connie Etienne, adding that the Babylon Memorial Grade School student is in stable condition. "But his brain wasn't affected. He is conscious and he has a fractured leg."

Cavaliere was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening. A woman who answered the phone at her home Monday said Cavaliere was unavailable and declined to comment further.

Police said the collision occurred as the boy rode out of a parking lot onto Sawyer Avenue near Berkshire Road in West Babylon. He was struck by Cavaliere's eastbound 2007 Hyundai Sonata, police said, adding that no charges were filed. Cavaliere's car was impounded for a safety check and detectives are asking anyone with information to call them at 631-854-8152.


Man ejected from stalled

boat in critical condition

A Copiague man was listed in critical condition Monday after his boat stopped suddenly on Great South Bay Sunday night and he was ejected, Suffolk police said.

Paul Baril, 41, remained at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip Monday with a head injury, officials said.

Baril was operating a 1985 Talon speed boat on Great South Bay near Cedar Beach and Tanner Park at about 9 p.m. Sunday when the boat suddenly stopped, possibly after striking a sand bar, police said. Baril's friend Derek Scudiero was operating his boat alongside Baril's vessel at the time. Scudiero first helped Baril back into the injured man's speed boat, but it began to sink. Scudiero then helped the victim onto his boat.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said they responded to the scene of the accident Sunday night.

"It appears one boat was following another boat at a high rate of speed south of Tanner Park in the Lindenhurst area, when the one boat that was following ran aground," said Command Duty Officer Mark Averill, of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound.

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