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Infant dies from injuries in Wyandanch crash, Suffolk police say

Suffolk police at the scene of a Sunday

Suffolk police at the scene of a Sunday night crash in Wyandanch in which an 8-month-old girl was injured and later died. Credit: Paul Mazza

An 8-month-old girl has died and her mother is recovering from injuries after the SUV in which they were passengers crashed Sunday night — and the driver fled on foot, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

The death of the girl, Saige Berry of Wyandanch, was announced Monday by the police department. The driver has not been arrested, and the department's press office has not said whether the person has been located.

The collision happened at about 9 p.m., when the driver of a 2006 Nissan Murano heading east on Davidson Street, near Pine Street, in Wyandanch collided with a westbound 2010 Lexus, the department said in a news release. The Nissan overturned in the crash. The infant was not in a car seat, according to the press office.

"The driver of the Murano fled the scene on foot," the release said.

Efforts to save the child at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip were not successful. Her mother was taken to the same hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The Lexus driver sustained minor injuries.

The news release did not say whether the police know the identity of the driver.

Asked the relationship between the mother, daughter and the driver, the press office declined to say in an email. The office said no one has been arrested.

Since 2010, seven children younger than age 4 have been killed in traffic crashes on Long Island — five in Suffolk County and two in Nassau — according to statistics from the University of Albany's Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research. The last such death, according to the institute, was in 2017 in Nassau and 2016 in Suffolk.

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