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Motorcyclist sideswiped, seriously injured in Sunrise Highway crash, police say

Suffolk County police investigate a crash involving a

Suffolk County police investigate a crash involving a motorcycle and an SUV on the Sunrise Highway on Thursday morning. Credit: John Roca

A motorcyclist was seriously injured when his motorcycle was sideswiped by a sport utility vehicle changing lanes on eastbound Sunrise Highway in Shirley early Thursday, police said.

Suffolk County police have not yet identified the motorcyclist, but said he was taken to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue with undisclosed serious injuries.

The other driver, a 54-year-old man from North Babylon, was not injured in the crash. He has not been charged.

The accident forced the closure of eastbound Sunrise Highway between the exit for William Floyd Parkway and Wading River Road on the Center Moriches-Manorville border for about six hours, police said. The road was reopened about 12:30 p.m.

Police said the driver of the 2005 Toyota Sequoia was heading east on Sunrise and was changing lanes when he struck the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle about 1/4 mile east of the exit for the William Floyd Parkway about 6:30 a.m. Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the crash to call Seventh Squad detectives at 631-852-8752.

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