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West Islip Man Injured In Wrong-Way Crash

Suffolk County Police are investigating a wrong-way crash that injured a West Islip man in North Babylon this afternoon.

Robert Wolf was driving a 2007 Chevy Malibu on Sunrise Highway South Service Road when the vehicle entered Sunrise Highway, just west of Route 231, traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes. The Malibu struck a 2002 Dodge pickup truck being driven by John Gallagher of Conway, South Carolina. A truck wheel fell off during the crash and struck a 2018 Volvo. A motorcyclist swerved to avoid the Volvo and struck the median.

Wolf, 74, of West Islip, is believed to have suffered a medical incident prior to the crash and was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in his vehicle was not injured.  No other injuries were reported. 



Police Investigating Death Of Man Found On Side Of Road

Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the death of a man who was found on the side of the road in Patchogue last night.

A passing motorist observed a body with extensive head injuries on the side of Rider Ave., near Edwards Street, at approximately 10:20 p.m. The man, who has been identified as Clarence Wyche, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.



Marine Bureau Officers Rescue Man From Overturned Kayak

Officers Kim, Parker and FunaroSuffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued a man after his kayak overturned in the Long Island Sound this afternoon.

Marine Bureau Officers Matthew Funaro, Cory Kim and Shane Parker were on patrol in Marine Delta when they observed a man clinging to his overturned kayak in the Long Island Sound, approximately 1 mile north of Woodhull Landing Road in Sound Beach, at approximately 12:20 p.m. The water was 64 degrees and the wind was pushing the man away from shore.

The officers pulled the man, Humberto Castro, and his 10-foot kayak aboard Marine Delta. Castro, 47, of Newark, New Jersey, was transported to the Mount Sinai Marina where he was evaluated by members of Port Jefferson EMS.


Guilty Plea In Fatal Greenport MV Crash


Defendant Allegedly Drove with BAC of .23%

Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the guilty plea of a Greenport man for killing one person and injuring six others in a motor vehicle crash while driving drunk in July 2018.

Glenn Zaleski, 36, of Greenport, pleaded guilty today to one count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a B felony, and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated as a class E felony.

“This individual was driving with a BAC almost three times the legal limit,” District Attorney Sini said. “When you get behind the wheel of a car in that state, you turn your vehicle into a potentially deadly weapon. It’s extremely dangerous and often – as it did with this case – results in tragedies that could have been avoided.”

On July 15, 2018, Zaleski was driving a 2016 Dodge pickup truck eastbound on Route 48 in Greenport when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the westbound lane. His vehicle struck a minivan containing seven occupants, all residents of Flushing, who were returning from visiting Lavender by the Bay in East Marion.

The driver of the minivan, Youfeng Yang, 51, of Flushing, was killed in the motor vehicle crash. Two passengers suffered serious physical injuries and the remaining four passengers suffered various physical injuries.

A blood test revealed Zaleski’s blood alcohol level to be at .23 percent following the crash.

Zaleski is expected to be sentenced by Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Justice Fernando to up to five to 15 years in prison. He is due back in court on August 8.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Raymond Varuolo, of the Vehicular Crime Bureau.


Resident Dies In Patchogue House Fire

Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are investigating a fatal fire that killed a resident at a Patchogue home this morning.  

Fifth Precinct officers responded to 72 Ohls St., at approximately 9:45 a.m. after a 911 caller reported a fire at the location. Elisa Doughty, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. Kristle Doughty, 34, Elisa’s daughter, also a resident of the home, was transported by North Patchogue Fire Department Ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital with burns to her arm.

North Patchogue, Hagerman, Blue Point, Patchogue and Medford Fire Departments responded to extinguish the fire.

Following a preliminary investigation, detectives believe the fire to be non-criminal in nature.



Passenger In Shoreham MV Crash Has Died

Melissa Marchese has died from her injuries following a motor vehicle crash in Shoreham on Thursday evening. Below is the original release.

Original Police Statement: Suffolk County Police Seventh Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured a woman in Shoreham Thursday.

Evan Flannery was driving a 2007 Hyundai Elantra southbound on Miller Avenue and was turning left into Route 25A when his car was struck by a 2006 Honda Accord, being driven westbound on Route 25A by Michael Troiano at approximately 6:50 p.m.

A passenger in the Hyundai, Melissa Marchese, 18, of Shoreham, was airlifted via Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries.  Flannery, 17, of Shoreham and another passenger in the Hyundai, Caroline Tyburski, 18, of Shoreham, were transported to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson with non-life-threatening injuries. Troiano, 34, of Ridge, was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The vehicles were impounded for safety checks. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752.

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