A jogger recovering in the hospital after police said a vehicle hit him and then fled Wednesday is a Marine who was home on leave, his father said Thursday.
Nathan Valle, a 30-year-old corporal, has been home in Brightwaters since early June and was preparing for deployment to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina around the end of this month, said his father, Oscar Valle. He said his son had just returned from a two-year deployment in Japan.
“I wasn’t too thrilled about him joining,” said Valle, 53, of Brightwaters, who also served in the Marines. “I guess it was because of the danger, which is ironic because of what happened,” he added, referring to Wednesday’s collision.
Nathan Valle was jogging east on Montauk Highway at about 5:10 p.m. when a vehicle veered onto the shoulder and hit him without stopping, police said. He suffered a fractured shoulder blade and had to get about five staples in the back of his head after an ambulance transported him to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, Oscar Valle said.
“It’s devastating,” he said. “It’s a call you never want to receive.”
Valle said his son was “groggy” Thursday morning and doesn’t remember what happened. He added that a nurse who works at the hospital and said she’d pulled over Wednesday to assist his son after the crash had stopped by the room to check in.
Nathan Valle is expected to be in the hospital for another day or two, a hospital spokesman said, noting that he is “in stable condition.”
Suffolk police said Thursday morning they had so far made no arrests in the case.
“I want police to continue trying to find out who the person [was] that fled the scene,” Oscar Valle said. “I want them to look.”