A male pedestrian was seriously injured Wednesday night crossing a street in Hempstead — and the driver who struck him fled, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

The victim has yet to be identified except that he's Hispanic and male, the department said in an news release.

The crash happened around 10:32 p.m., when he was crossing southbound on South Franklin Street at Peninsula Boulevard and the driver of a dark-colored SUV struck the man and then left.

"The pedestrian sustained multiple injuries and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition," the release said.

On Long Island in 2021, there were 1,199 crashes involving pedestrians and drivers of motor vehicles, according to preliminary tallies from the Albany-based Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research: 461 in Suffolk and 738 in Nassau. Of those, 31 were fatal and 697 involved injuries in Nassau, and in Suffolk, 43 were fatal and 398 involved injuries. 

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