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Official: Teen 'very critical' a day after getting hit by car in Elmont

One of the vehicles involved in a multivehicle

One of the vehicles involved in a multivehicle crash Wednesday near Dutch Broadway and Elmont Road in Elmont. A vehicle struck four students from Elmont Memorial Junior-Senior High School. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A teenage girl hit by a sedan after a multivehicle Elmont crash Wednesday remained in "very critical" condition a day later and it's likely no one will face criminal charges, a Nassau police spokesman said.

"There does not appear to be any criminality involved," Det. Vincent Garcia said Thursday, noting that no arrests have been made. "At this point, it just looks like a tragic accident."

The girl and three other students from Elmont Memorial Junior-Senior High School — two girls and a boy — had just left school at about 3 p.m. and were standing on the sidewalk near Dutch Broadway and Elmont Road when the car hit them moments after the crash, police said.

The sedan also hit a utility pole and a tree and crashed through a chain-link fence in front of a nearby home before finally coming to rest upside down in the front yard. No one in the car or the three other vehicles involved in the crash was injured, police said.

Another girl struck by the car also suffered critical injuries, but her condition Thursday was not known. The other two students suffered nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

Three of the students were taken to Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, a Northwell Health spokesman said. The spokesman would not release their conditions or say whether any remained at the hospital, citing patient privacy laws.

At the high school Thursday, counseling was offered to students, staff and community members.

"There were meetings held earlier [Thursday] with administrative teams, staff members, counselors and clinicians, and counseling is available as needed, not only to students and staff in the building, but to those affected in the community as well," Superintendent Ralph Ferrie said in a statement. The district declined to comment further.

An Elmont woman who witnessed the out-of-control car hitting the students described a harrowing scene as she and other motorists stopped to help before police and EMTs arrived.

Mimi Pierre Johnson, 56, was driving her son, 11, home from the nearby Dutch Broadway Elementary School when her son screamed as the car left the roadway.

"It was in the air," Pierre Johnson said of the dark-colored sedan. "It was up in the air and it got tangled in the electrical wiring."

She said the car "hit the pole, hit the tree, hit the kids" and landed upside down.

Next, Pierre Johnson said, she and other motorists pulled over and rushed to the students.

"At that point I was praying for the kids," she said.

One girl was in and out of consciousness, and another kept trying to get up despite her injuries, Pierre Johnson said. "We kept telling her, 'Don't get up, don't get up.’ ”

Police responded in less than a minute, even as parents were still calling 911, said Pierre Johnson, who referred to herself as a community activist.

"I don't want to see that ever happen again around here," she said, calling the area dangerous for kids walking home from the high school and the elementary school.

Lori Halop, 60, of Elmont, a board member of the Parkhurst Civic Association that represents the area, said drivers are always speeding as they travel to and from the nearby highways.

"Dutch Broadway might as well be the Indy 500," she said. "I walked to school. I don't let my kids walk to school."


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