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SAYVILLE/Central Islip woman, 62, hit by car in coma

A 62-year-old pedestrian struck by a car in Sayville was in a coma last night after suffering major injuries, Suffolk police said.

Shamim Bezum, of Central Islip, was crossing the Sunrise Highway service road near Broadway Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. Friday when she was hit by an eastbound car, police said.

Bezum suffered head injuries and pelvic and leg fractures, police said. She was in serious condition Saturday at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center.

The driver of the car, Bonnie Gallagher, 51, of Centereach, had the green light, police said.

Her 2001 Chevrolet was impounded for checks. Police said there was no sign of criminality.

-- CANDICE RUUD


EAST FARMINGDALE/Two accused of using counterfeit bills at Walmart

A man and a teen were arraigned Saturday on counterfeiting charges after they attempted to buy items at Walmart with fake $100 bills, police said.

Bradley Vercosa, 20, of Valley Stream, and Justin Rogers, 17, of Fresh Meadows, Queens, were arrested about 5:30 p.m. Friday at the store on Route 110 in East Farmingdale, Suffolk County police said.

Vercosa tried to buy hair mousse, and Rogers tried to buy a desktop computer, according to police. They had a combined $900 in fake bills, police said, and are both charged with first-degree possession of a forged instrument.

-- CANDICE FERRETTE


Valley Stream/Bronx man charged in 2009 robbery

Nassau County police Saturday morning arrested a Bronx man who is accused of robbing a teenager in Valley Stream in December 2009.

Jose Jimenez, 23, of Ely Avenue, was charged with second-degree robbery. Police said Jimenez was one of two suspects who approached an 18-year-old victim from behind at 2 a.m. while he was walking on Dogwood Road, striking him in the head and knocking him to the ground. Jimenez allegedly held him while a second unknown male took the teen's wallet, MP3 player and cellphone.

Jimenez and the unknown male fled on foot westbound on McKeon Avenue. The victim, who was not injured, returned home and notified police.

During the investigation, police determined Jimenez used a credit card belonging to the victim at the CVS store at 44 N. Central Ave. in Valley Stream.

Jimenez at the time of the robbery was active military personnel on leave. He was identified using store surveillance video, DNA evidence left at the scene of the robbery, and assistance from military investigators.

Nassau police arrested Jimenez in the Fifth Squad precinct in Elmont at 5:20 a.m. Saturday. He was scheduled for arraignment Saturday.

-- CANDICE FERRETTE

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