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Cops: Teen critical after being hit near Southern State

A 14-year-old boy was struck and critically injured by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday night near an entrance ramp to the eastbound Southern State Parkway in Nassau County, police said.

State Police did not release the identity of the teen, but said he was initially taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow -- for treatment of severe head trauma and "multiple" broken bones. The teen was later transferred to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, police said. Police said he remains in critical condition.

Police said the accident occurred at 8:13 p.m. on Central Avenue near the parkway. The driver remained at the scene, police said.

Police initially said that driver had not been charged.

On Wednesday, police identified the driver as Victoria Ruane, 53, of Franklin Square, and said she was driving a Ford Escape that was trying to enter the eastbound parkway from northbound Central Avenue when she struck the young teen in North Valley Stream.

Police said Ruane was charged with traffic offenses, including operating the vehicle without a license and for being uninsured. Additional details were not available.

The accident remains under investigation, and police are asking any potential witnesses to call them at 631-756-3300. All calls will remain confidential, police said.

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