The Nassau police officer who crashed her patrol car during a chase Monday on the Southern State Parkway has several upper-body fractures and has had at least two surgeries, the department said Wednesday.
"She, however, has maintained her indomitable spirit," said Nassau police department spokesman Det. Lt. Kevin Smith.
Her family has asked for privacy, police said, and the department won't identify her. Police said she is a police veteran of nearly 20 years, is married and has children.
Meanwhile, authorities are still looking for the fleeing car the officer was pursuing at the time of the crash -- a dark gray, late-model Honda sedan whose driver slammed on the brakes in an apparent attempt to lose the officer.
The officer, from the Seaford-based Seventh Precinct, had been chasing the Honda about 12:20 p.m. after a report out of North Massapequa that two people were changing the car's Pennsylvania license plate to a Florida plate.
The officer saw the car, traveling about 60 to 65 mph, and near Route 110 on the eastbound Southern State, the Honda braked suddenly. The officer's car hit the guardrail, propelling her car back into traffic and striking another vehicle. The people in that car were not hurt.
"It appears her evasive actions, to prevent a collision with the suspect vehicle and other vehicles traveling eastbound, may have saved countless others from sustaining injury," Smith said.
Detectives asked anyone who knows about the crash to call their hotline: 800-244-TIPS.