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Boy struck Sunday in Deer Park by Suffolk police car in critical condition, hospital officials say

A Suffolk police cruiser struck and injured two

A Suffolk police cruiser struck and injured two children walking on a Deer Park sidewalk on Dec. 14, 2014 after another vehicle crashed into the car, authorities said. Photo Credit: Stringer News

An 8-year-old Hicksville boy was listed in critical condition Monday night, a day after he and a cousin were struck on a Deer Park sidewalk by a Suffolk police cruiser that had collided with another car, hospital officials said.

Suffolk police initially said John Flores had sustained a soft-tissue injury and was in stable condition at Stony Brook University Hospital. Monday night a hospital spokeswoman said the boy was critical but could not say the extent of his injuries he sustained Sunday night.

His cousin, Gerardo Melendez, 12, also of Hicksville, remained in stable condition at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, a spokeswoman said.

A Suffolk police cruiser with the Second Precinct hit the pair shortly before 6:40 p.m. Sunday as they walked to a pizzeria on Deer Park Avenue near Lake Avenue with the younger boy's father, Jose Flores, police said.

A car driven by Syed Tirmizi, 55, of Dix Hills, attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Lake Avenue from southbound Deer Park Avenue when it struck the cruiser, police said. The impact of the collision knocked the officer driving the cruiser unconscious and propelled the police car off the street and into the boys' path, police said.

Suffolk police are still investigating the crash.

"Obviously, we're going to be looking at it internally," said Det. Lt. Robert Edwards of the First Precinct detectives squad.

Edwards said it appears the accident was noncriminal. No summonses have been issued.

Tirmizi has cooperated with police, Edwards said. The officer, whose name was not released, sustained a "nonlife-threatening concussion," police said.

Tirmizi was not injured, police said.

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