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Cops: Man struck by hit-and-run driver, then hit again

Suffolk County police say Jose Reinerio Salinas, 41, of Brentwood was hit by a vehicle and killed Friday night as he walked along Washington Avenue near Rutledge Street in Brentwood. The driver of that vehicle fled the scene and police are still looking for a suspect. (Credit: Stringer News Service)

Suffolk County police have identified a man who was killed Friday night in Brentwood after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, then hit again as he lay in the roadway.

Authorities say Jose Reinerio Salinas, 41, of Brentwood, was walking south in the middle of Washington Avenue near Rutledge Street at around 11:20 p.m. when he was hit by a vehicle traveling south.

Police are still searching for the driver, who they say fled the scene. The vehicle was described as a full-size sport utility vehicle with possible front-end damage, according to police.

After the collision, while Salinas was lying in the northbound lane of the road, police say he then was hit by a 2003 Ford Expedition.

A physician assistant with the county medical examiner’s office pronounced Salinas dead at the scene.

The driver of the Expedition, Juana Cartagena, 46, of Brentwood, stayed at the scene, police said. She was not injured and was not charged.

Police continue to investigate the case. First responders and police spent time Friday night working the crash scene while nearby residents watched.

Santa Guzman, who lives on Washington Avenue just across the street from the intersection, said she and her family were watching television late Friday night when they heard a loud crash. Guzman said when she and her family came outside to see what happened, they saw Salinas’ body.

“It was so bad,” she said. “We walked out the door to see it and it was just so sad.”

Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-8477; all calls will be kept confidential.

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