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Jogger struck in June hit-run dies

A jogger struck by a hit-and-run driver last month in Mount Sinai has died from her injuries, Suffolk County police said Thursday.

Karen Benjamin, 56, of Coram, died Wednesday at Stony Brook University Hospital, police said.

She was jogging on Canal Road, just west of Mount Sinai-Coram Road, at about 11 a.m. on June 23 when she was struck by someone possibly driving a 2000 to 2003 BMW sedan or station wagon with damage to its front and passenger side.

The driver fled the scene, police said, and detectives from the Vehicular Crime Unit continue to investigate.

A short time after the accident, Lindsay Benjamin, 25, of Manhattan, said her mother had brain surgery. She also said she had extensive injuries to her legs and back.

Lindsay Benjamin 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.

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