A car went flying into the canal off Hudson Avenue in Freeport. The driver was found floating in the canal and assisted by a good samaritan. NewsdayTV's Steve Langford reports. Credit: Newsday/James Carbone

Officials said a speeding car careened off the road, traveling through a marina parking lot, then jumping a bulkhead — and a boat — before crashing into a canal in Freeport on Tuesday morning, leaving one person seriously injured.

The single-vehicle crash occurred off Hudson Avenue, the car ending up in about 18 feet of water between Hudson and Gordon Place, Freeport Fire Department Executive Director Ray Maguire said.

A man whose identity has not been released was extricated from the submerged vehicle, first with the assistance of a Ukranian man just recently arrived in the United States and then with help from East Rockaway, Freeport and Wantagh firefighters, as well as Freeport and Nassau police.

Maguire said the male driver was transported to a hospital in critical but stable condition.

Maguire said a search of the submerged vehicle and the waters around it by fire department dive teams, Nassau County police EMS and Freeport police did not find other victims.

Authorities received a 911 call reporting the incident at 9:17 a.m., Maguire said, and first responders from the Freeport Police Department arrived on the scene, which was south of Atlantic Avenue and northwest of Cow Meadow Park, to find the car in the water — and a good Samaritan trying to pull the driver from the vehicle.

“The reports are that the car entered the water from the Hudson Avenue side, that it went over a boat, and then entered the actual canal,” Maguire said. “A civilian heard the actual collision . . . He witnessed the legs of the victim hanging out of the window of the car. He jumped into the water, grabbed the victim. As he was doing that, Freeport police officers were arriving on scene — and they then entered the water.”

Maguire said the victim was “somewhat combative,” but responders were able to get the man “under control” — and out of the water and into an ambulance, where paramedics were “able to work on him immediately.”

“He was in bad shape,” Maguire said.

The good Samaritan was Volodymyr Zubko, 38, a Ukranian who said he arrived in the United States four days ago — and is renting on Gordon Place.

“I was at home in my room and I’m thinking it’s a boat,” Zubko said.

Zubko said he heard neighbors screaming: “  ‘Help, somebody! Help!’  ”

“But,” he said, “nobody jumped in the water.”

So, Zubko said, he did.

Maguire said police were investigating the cause of the crash.

With James Carbone

Officials said a speeding car careened off the road, traveling through a marina parking lot, then jumping a bulkhead — and a boat — before crashing into a canal in Freeport on Tuesday morning, leaving one person seriously injured.

The single-vehicle crash occurred off Hudson Avenue, the car ending up in about 18 feet of water between Hudson and Gordon Place, Freeport Fire Department Executive Director Ray Maguire said.

A man whose identity has not been released was extricated from the submerged vehicle, first with the assistance of a Ukranian man just recently arrived in the United States and then with help from East Rockaway, Freeport and Wantagh firefighters, as well as Freeport and Nassau police.

Maguire said the male driver was transported to a hospital in critical but stable condition.

Maguire said a search of the submerged vehicle and the waters around it by fire department dive teams, Nassau County police EMS and Freeport police did not find other victims.

Authorities received a 911 call reporting the incident at 9:17 a.m., Maguire said, and first responders from the Freeport Police Department arrived on the scene, which was south of Atlantic Avenue and northwest of Cow Meadow Park, to find the car in the water — and a good Samaritan trying to pull the driver from the vehicle.

“The reports are that the car entered the water from the Hudson Avenue side, that it went over a boat, and then entered the actual canal,” Maguire said. “A civilian heard the actual collision . . . He witnessed the legs of the victim hanging out of the window of the car. He jumped into the water, grabbed the victim. As he was doing that, Freeport police officers were arriving on scene — and they then entered the water.”

Maguire said the victim was “somewhat combative,” but responders were able to get the man “under control” — and out of the water and into an ambulance, where paramedics were “able to work on him immediately.”

“He was in bad shape,” Maguire said.

The good Samaritan was Volodymyr Zubko, 38, a Ukranian who said he arrived in the United States four days ago — and is renting on Gordon Place.

“I was at home in my room and I’m thinking it’s a boat,” Zubko said.

Zubko said he heard neighbors screaming: “  ‘Help, somebody! Help!’  ”

“But,” he said, “nobody jumped in the water.”

So, Zubko said, he did.

Maguire said police were investigating the cause of the crash.

With James Carbone

A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports. Credit: Newsday Staff

'Why am I giving up my Friday night to listen to this?' A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports.

A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports. Credit: Newsday Staff

'Why am I giving up my Friday night to listen to this?' A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports.

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