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Cops: Pedestrian seriously hurt crossing Sunrise Highway in Merrick

Nassau police said a 48-year-old man crossing Sunrise

Nassau police said a 48-year-old man crossing Sunrise Highway at Merrick Avenue in Merrick was seriously injured when he was struck by a 2011 Honda Civic making a left onto eastbound Sunrise at 5:35 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2015. The driver, a 49-year-old man, stayed at the scene and was not charged with a crime, police said. Credit: Jim Staubitser

A man crossing Sunrise Highway in Merrick -- one of the region's deadliest roadways for pedestrians -- was so badly injured by a car that homicide detectives are handling the case, according to Nassau police.

The 48-year-old man was crossing north to south at Merrick Avenue about 5:35 p.m. Friday when he was struck in the eastbound lanes by the driver of a 2011 Honda Civic, who was making a left turn.

The 49-year-old male driver -- who had been heading south on Merrick Avenue when he turned into the eastbound lanes of Sunrise -- stayed at the scene. No criminality is suspected, police said.

The pedestrian was hospitalized in serious condition, police said.

Officer Steven Zacchia, a police spokesman, said he didn't know who had the light or the extent of injuries. There were no witnesses, he said.

Neither the pedestrian's nor driver's name was disclosed.

For years, Sunrise Highway has been ranked as one of Nassau's deadliest roads for pedestrians. Between 2011 and 2013, seven were killed there, says the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a watchdog group.

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