On a warm June night, Jeffrey Francisco guided his blue beach cruiser onto Broadway, just around the corner from his family’s apartment in Lynbrook. He was headed to a friend’s house, leisurely riding his bicycle, when a car sideswiped him and knocked him to the ground.
Francisco, 19, remembers “hoping to see bright red [brake] lights,” but the car sped off.
“At first I got up and tried to figure out who hit me, but after a while the pain started rushing in,” said Francisco, who was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital for emergency surgery and remained hospitalized for about a week.
By the time he got his bearings, the teen said the car was too far for him to see its license plate number. However, he did notice a portion of the car’s side view mirror lying on the curb.
With pieces of the mirror, Lynbrook police have determined that the car that hit Francisco on June 26 at 11:22 p.m. was a Subaru Impreza, model year 2002-2007, Lynbrook Det. Jim Dillon said.
A surveillance video taken that night shows that, after the Subaru sideswiped Francisco, a white sport utility vehicle made a U-turn and followed the car, Dillon said.
“It appears as if the driver of the SUV saw the hit and run, noticed that the victim was OK and then took off after the other driver,” Dillon said. “We’re hoping the witness got a plate number and can help us find the driver.”
Francisco still has stiffness in his back and left leg, and will need to wear a colostomy bag for the next two months.
“I don’t know why someone would run away after hitting someone,” the teen’s mother, Verqui Francisco said. “I hope someone saw something and that they call the police.”
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All information will be kept confidential.