A Suffolk police cruiser struck and injured two boys walking on a Deer Park sidewalk Sunday night after another vehicle crashed into the cruiser, propelling it off the street and into their path, authorities said.
The children, identified as John Flores, 8, and his cousin Gerardo Melendez, 12, both of Hicksville, were hit shortly before 6:40 p.m. as they walked with the younger boy's father, Jose Flores, to a nearby pizzeria on Deer Park Avenue near Lake Avenue, police said.
A Second Precinct police cruiser traveling north on Deer Park Avenue was hit by a Toyota Camry driven by Syed Tirmizi, 55, of Dix Hills, police said.
Tirmizi hit the cruiser as he turned left from the southbound lane at the Lake Avenue intersection, police said.
The 8-year-old was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with a soft-tissue injury, police said. His father was not injured.
The 12-year-old boy was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was listed in stable condition with an ankle injury, police said.
The officer, whose name was not released, sustained a "nonlife-threatening concussion," police said.
Tirmizi was not injured, police said.
An employee at Los Andes, a Peruvian restaurant on Deer Park Avenue, said first responders administered CPR to one of the children, and that the scene was "pretty calm."
"Nobody heard a loud crash, or any noise," said the employee, who did not want to be identified. "It wasn't until the police cars and first responders came that everyone started looking out to see what was happening on the street."
Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks, and Suffolk police are continuing their investigation, authorities said.