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Cops: BMW sought in crash that injured jogger Karen Benjamin

Suffolk County police said Monday that they are looking for a light-colored sedan or station wagon whose driver fled after critically injuring a jogger in Mount Sinai.

Police identified the vehicle in the hit-and-run accident on Canal Road, west of Mount Sinai/Coram Road, as a 2000 to 2003 BMW sedan or station wagon with damage to its front and passenger side.

At about 11 a.m. Sunday, Karen Benjamin, 56, of Coram, was jogging near her home when she was hit, police said.

Sunday night, she was undergoing brain surgery at Stony Brook Medical Center, family said.

"They left her on the road to die," said Benjamin's daughter, Lindsay Benjamin, 25, of Manhattan, speaking by cellphone from the medical facility Sunday, where she said her mother, a nurse assistant, was being treated. "I would like to see justice," she said.

Lindsay Benjamin said her mother also had extensive injuries to her legs and back.

She described her mother as a devoted runner who had participated in the Long Island and New York City marathons.

Karen Benjamin was not carrying identification when she was struck, but was identified after worried family members called police and area hospitals.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

With Jennifer Barrios

and Nicholas Spangler


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