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Driver injured when car hits utility pole

Juan Baez Rodriguez, 25, of Copiague, was alone in a 2004 Honda sedan when he smashed into a Long Island Power Authority pole on Marconi Boulevard in Copiague shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday, Suffolk County police said. The vehicle was split in two, but Rodriguez only suffered cracked ribs and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. Police said there was no indication of intoxication, but Rodriguez was ticketed for reckless driving. Videojournalist: Paul Mazza (June 18, 2013)

A driver who smashed his car into a utility pole in Copiague late Monday was taken to a nearby hospital with cracked ribs, Suffolk County police said.

Juan Baez Rodriguez, 25, of Copiague was alone in a 2004 Honda sedan when he hit a Long Island Power Authority pole on Marconi Boulevard shortly after 11 p.m., police said.

The vehicle was crushed, but Rodriguez had only minor injuries -- including the cracked ribs -- at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, police said.

There was no indication of intoxication, but Rodriguez was ticketed for reckless driving, police said.

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