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Police: Car hits building, lamppost, statue in Mastic Beach

Suffolk County police said a car crashed into

Suffolk County police said a car crashed into a lamppost, building and a statue early Saturday on Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach, police said. Photo Credit: Stringer News Service

A driver lost control of his vehicle Saturday morning and crashed into a lamppost, building and statue in Mastic Beach, police said.

The driver, who was not identified by police, was heading east on Neighborhood Road about 4 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle near Elder Drive and left the road, Suffolk County police said.

The driver was transported to Long Island Medical Center in East Patchogue for treatment of minor injuries.

The statue of an elderly man and woman sitting on a park bench cost several thousand dollars, town officials estimated. Photos from the scene showed broken metal sections of a man’s torso and head and a seated woman.

A building inspector assessed the damage and determined that the building, formerly the village hall for the now-dissolved Mastic Beach Village, was not at risk of falling, town officials said. The site had previously been the town’s Bay Area Nutrition Center.

The statue was one of between 15 and 20 placed around Brookhaven as part of a beautification project by the William Floyd Community Summit, volunteers who work toward improving the quality of life in the area, according to Beth Wahl, president of both the summit and the Mastic-Shirley Chamber of Commerce.

Wahl, of Mastic, said she found out on Facebook about the crash.

“I saw it online and I said ‘Oh, there goes one of our statues,’ ” Wahl said. She said the summit would evaluate what to do.

Brookhaven will replace the lamppost and will seek insurance reimbursement from the driver, officials said.

The driver was issued traffic tickets, police said.

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