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Police: Driver injured after hitting Smithtown's bull statue

The statue of Whisper the bull sits at

The statue of Whisper the bull sits at the intersection of routes 25 and 25A in Smithtown. Credit: Randee Daddona

A driver was seriously injured after hitting the base of Smithtown’s Whisper the Bull statue Monday morning, Suffolk County police said.

Police said the man was taken to a hospital after the 2:30 a.m. single vehicle crash. Police did not identify the driver or the hospital.

The 14-foot, 5-ton statue of Whisper at the intersection of Route 25 and Route 25A commemorates a version of the town’s origins, when settler Richard Smythe is reported to have ridden a bull by that name around 54 square miles to carve out the town’s boundaries.

Town spokeswoman Nicole Garguilo wrote in a text message that the collision caused “minor damage” to the area around the bull. A nearby menorah and Christmas sign were also damaged.

“Thank God the individual in care was not fatally injured,” Garguilo said.

She said the wreck capped a "really upsetting couple of days” in Smithtown that included a boy's bike getting stolen and thieves taking Christmas presents from a home. A local group, Smithtown Moms, replaced the gifts, Garguilo said.

Police are investigating the crash and ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.

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