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Boater sought by Nassau police after hit-and-run collision

Investigators are searching for the operator of a blue-and-white high-performance powerboat who fled after colliding with a smaller 18-foot motorboat Sunday evening in Reynolds Channel, seriously injuring a woman on board.

Nassau County police said Wednesday the hit-and-run collision occurred in the channel, which separates Long Beach from mainland Nassau, and said witnesses reported the powerboat that fled appeared headed toward Oceanside. The incident occurred at 7:15 p.m.

Police said the boat that was struck was being operated by a man, who was accompanied by wife, their 14-year-old daughter and the daughter’s friend. The smaller boat was obeying the posted 5 mph channel speed limit, police said.

“The operator of the boat actually heard the noise of the engine revving behind him and looked back slightly and saw what appeared to be a 25-foot Cigarette boat starting to encroach on his boat,” said Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, a department spokesman.

The owner of the smaller boat told detectives the cobalt blue high-performance boat hit the rear of his boat, then ran over the top of his boat — all the way to the center console. During that collision, police said, the larger boat hit a woman, 50, identified as the wife of owner of the smaller boat, causing what police called “multiple, serious trauma injuries.”

“She went down face down into the boat and that point the boat backed off and . . . ended up traveling westbound in Reynolds Channel over to Oceanside,” said LeBrun. After the larger boat fled, police said the owner of the smaller boat was able to return to its home port and the victim was taken to a hospital by the Island Park Fire Department. LeBrun said the woman suffered broken ribs and other serious injuries.

Police are asking anyone with information about the boating hit-and-run to call Fourth Squad detectives or Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

The owner of the hit-and-run vessel is believed to be in his 50 or 60s, bald or with thinning hair, and with a goatee. LeBrun said the white color at the bottom of the larger boat indicates the boat may be stored in a high-drive.

“If this person is listening to the news, I urge this person that caused this accident to surrender to the Nassau County Police Department as soon as possible,” said LeBrun. “Nassau County police will not tolerate any type of leaving the scene of an accident. This person should have stayed and assisted this family during this time of crisis.”

With Nicole Fuller

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