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Bicyclist trying to cross

highway struck, killed

A Bellmore man riding his bicycle across Sunrise Highway in Wantagh was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday, police said Sunday.

According to Nassau Homicide Squad detectives, the victim, 51, was riding his bicycle at 8:50 p.m. and was trying to cross Sunrise Highway from south to north just west of Old Mill Road.

After crossing the median, the man, who has not been identified by police, entered the westbound lanes of Sunrise Highway and was struck by a 2000 Dodge Caravan driven by a man, 50.

Police said the bicyclist suffered multiple injuries and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Also injured was the 56-year-old wife of the driver, who suffered minor glass-related injuries and traumatic stress, police said. She was taken to a hospital to be treated and evaluated.

The driver and his wife were not identified by police. The accident is considered noncriminal, police said.


Woman in crash charged

with DWI with child in car

A Dix Hills woman has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol with her son, 3, in her vehicle following a motor vehicle crash Saturday night in Wheatley Heights.

Suffolk County police said Cristi Rivas, 38, of 784 Deer Park Rd., was driving a 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450 south on Straight Path about 11:15 p.m. when her vehicle rear-ended a 2013 Honda Odyssey, driven by Khizar Kharam, 63.

Police said Rivas and Kharam suffered minor injuries and were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip.

They said that Rivas' son did not appear to be injured but was also taken to the same hospital for evaluation.

Rivas was charged under Leandra's Law with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 years old or younger and was scheduled to be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.

The child was released to a family member.

Rivas' vehicle was impounded and the investigation is continuing.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crash to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.


Man accused of stabbing

to death mother's boyfriend

Suffolk County police arrested a Holbrook man Sunday morning on charges he stabbed and killed his mother's live-in boyfriend the night before at an apartment the three shared.

Rakien Hall, 31, is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Oscar Green, 47. Police said Hall stabbed Green in the neck about 5:55 p.m. Saturday.

Green was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said in a release issued Sunday night.

Hall fled the apartment on foot, and Suffolk County police said Sixth Precinct officers arrested him Sunday at 8:50 a.m.

Hall was being held in police custody overnight and was scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip Monday.

Police declined to identify Hall's mother.

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