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Landscaper on mower hit by car in Ridge dies, police say

A serious accident involving a car and a

A serious accident involving a car and a riding lawn mower closed Middle Country Road in Ridge just before noon Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, officials said. Credit: Stringer News Service

A landscaper hit by a car whose driver was charged with being high Tuesday morning has died, police said Thursday.

Anibal Aceituno-Perez, 52, of Flanders, was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead in critical condition after the accident in Ridge, Suffolk County police said.

In a news release Thursday, police said Aceituno-Perez died of his injuries.

After the crash, Brianna Hassett, 24, of Wading River, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, police said.

Hassett was driving a 2005 Cadillac east on Route 25, west of Pleasant View Road, when she struck the landscaper while he was mowing a lawn on the corner of Route 25 and Pleasant View Road at about 11:50 a.m., police said.

At arraignment Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip, Hassett was ordered held on $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash bail. She is due back in court Monday.


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