A West Islip man was arrested Friday night for allegedly hitting a jogger Wednesday in Bay Shore and driving off.
Steven Sabato, 20, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with physical injury and held for arraignment Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip, Suffolk County police said.
He was driving a Ford Fusion when he veered onto the shoulder of eastbound Montauk Highway and struck a man about 5:10 p.m., police said in a news release.
Sabato’s vehicle was impounded for evidence, police said.
The victim had been identified as Nathan Valle, 30, a Marine corporal, by his father Oscar Valle of Brightwaters. Valle said his son has been home on leave in Brightwaters since early June and was preparing for deployment to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina around the end of this month.
The jogger was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for injuries that were not life threatening, police said. Valle said his son suffered a fractured shoulder blade and had to get about five staples in the back of his head.
“This is a serious problem in Suffolk County,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said Saturday of hit-and-runs.
“The Suffolk County police will do everything in its power to find folks who are leaving the scenes of accidents,” Sini said.
With Jesse Coburn