Optimum Customers: Your Newsday access has been extended until Oct 1st. Enroll now to continue your access.

LEARN MORE
TODAY'S PAPER
72° Good Afternoon
72° Good Afternoon
Long IslandSuffolk

Cops: Driver charged with DWI after striking 5-year-old boy

The child was in stable condition at Stony Brook University Hospital, police said.

Riverhead Town Police at the scene of a

Riverhead Town Police at the scene of a crash in Riverhead, where a 5-year-old boy on a bicycle was struck by a vehicle on Saturday. Photo Credit: Stringer News Service

A Riverhead driver who struck and seriously injured a child on a bicycle Saturday was charged with DWI, police said.

William H. Downing, 77, who was driving a 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT, was attempting to make a left turn onto Doris Avenue from Lewis Street at 6:41 p.m. when he collided with the 5-year-old boy, police said.

Police said they found the boy lying in the roadway with serious injuries to his head. The boy was flown by Suffolk County Police Department helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital. His condition was stable on Sunday, police said.

Downing was charged with driving while intoxicated, pending toxicology results, police said. He was released after posting $500 cash bail at his arraignment Sunday morning.

The case is ongoing and police have asked anyone who witnessed the collision to contact detectives at 631-727-4500 ext. 326.

Latest Long Island News

Important message for Optimum customers

Your Newsday digital access is changing as of 10/1

You recently received an email from Optimum’s parent company, Altice USA, informing you that Altice will no longer offer free Newsday digital access with Optimum's online service. Through an exclusive trial offer for Optimum customers, Newsday is pleased to extend your digital access at no cost until the end of the year.

I understand, no thanks