A hit-and-run driver struck a 14-year-old trying to cross the street Wednesday afternoon in Valley Stream, then another vehicle nearby, before being arrested, according to the Nassau County Police Department.
The driver, Shakyai Brownlow, 24, of Valley Stream, was arrested following a “thorough investigation,” according to a department news release, which gave no details of what links Brownlow to the crime.
The 14-year-old was flown by police helicopter to a hospital, where he’s in stable condition, the release said.
The crash happened as the 14-year-old, whose name wasn’t released, was trying to cross Mill Road from the west to east side at Roosevelt Avenue, when a driver in a 2013 gray Honda Accord going northbound on Mill Road struck him, the release said. Then the driver struck a 2015 Accord being driven in the opposite direction.
The name of the other driver was not released.
The release said the crash involved a bicyclist, although it wasn’t clear from the text of the release what involvement the bike had. The police department didn’t respond to a message seeking clarification.
Brownlow is charged with assault, leaving the scene, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. The release did not provide the basis for the criminal mischief charge.
Brownlow is to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead. It was not immediately clear whether Brownlow was represented by a lawyer.
There were 1,199 crashes involving pedestrians and motor vehicles in 2021 on Long Island, according to preliminary statistics from the Albany-based Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research: 738 in Nassau and 461 in Suffolk. Of those, 31 were fatal and 697 involved injuries in Nassau, with 43 fatal in Suffolk and 398 involved injuries.