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Amityville woman may lose foot after truck accident

An Amityville woman is in danger of losing her foot after a pickup truck swerved to avoid another vehicle, causing a domino chain of crashes that ended with her pinned against a storefront, Suffolk police said Monday.

LaChele Prophet, 25, was flown to Stony Brook University Medical Center, and a hospital spokesman Monday night said she was in critical but stable condition in the emergency room.

Prophet and her mother, Ida Prophet, had just come out of the Love My Shoes store on Route 110 in Melville when the accident happened shortly after 3 p.m., police said.

David Salemi, 21, of Wheatley Heights, said he was driving south on Route 110 in his 2002 Ford pickup when he swerved to avoid a northbound car making a U-turn and lost control.

"It went right up on the curb and I couldn't stop it. I hit one [parked] car and it went into another car. It was like a domino effect," he said.

Second Precinct Officer Matthew Bory said the driver who made the U-turn did not stop, adding that police are looking for that driver and have gotten a car plate number: "They weren't technically . . . involved. But they did take off."

No charges have been filed against Salemi, whose car was impounded for a safety check. The Prophet family could not be reached for comment.

Nygel Brapham, assistant manager of Love My Shoes, said the two women were regular customers. He said he heard a commotion outside just before the accident.

"I saw the mother trip and was going out the door to help her, when I saw the car zooming toward us," Brapham said.

Brapham said one of LaChele Prophet's feet was bandaged, and she was unable to move out of the way in time.

"I feel so bad for her," he said. "The mother was screaming, 'Help my daughter, help my daughter.' It was bad."

He said onlookers tried to comfort LaChele Prophet, who was immobile, pinned by her own car against Bay Shore Furs.

"She was crying and yelling, 'Mom help me,' " Brapham said.Bory said Ida Prophet was getting into the driver's side and LaChele was coming around the front of the car to get into the passenger side when Salemi's car hit them. "The mother said she kind of saw the car coming off the roadway," Bory said. "[She was] trying to give her [daughter] the heads up to get out of the way, and she just didn't have time."

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