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Cops: Reward in hit-run that injured pedestrian in East Islip

Police are looking for the driver of a

Police are looking for the driver of a car similar to this involved in a hit-run in East Islip on Jan. 10, 2018, that left a man injured. Credit: SCPD

Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a hit-and-run driver who struck a man getting out of his car outside his East Islip home two weeks ago.

The car that hit Jorge Gomez-Botero was a silver/gray 2005-06 Nissan Altima, and the driver’s side mirror and front end were damaged by the impact, Suffolk County police said Tuesday.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential, police said.

Gomez-Botero, 36, was getting out of his car outside his home on Union Boulevard between 12:10 a.m. and 12:19 a.m. on Jan. 10 when he was hit by a passing car, police said Tuesday.

Police originally had reported that he was hit about 11:25 p.m. on Jan. 9.

The impact knocked him about 10 feet and he was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises.

Gomez-Botero said at the time that the car that hit him was “going really fast,” and that the driver must have lost control.

“What bothers me the most is: ‘Who does this?’ ” he said.


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