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Cops: Pedestrian critical after Patchogue hit-and-run

Suffolk County police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that occurred Sunday morning in Patchogue.
Suffolk County police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that occurred Sunday morning in Patchogue. Photo Credit: Mike Balsamo

A Long Island man remains hospitalized in critical condition after being hit by a car early Sunday morning in Patchogue and Suffolk County police are now on the hunt for the driver who they say fled the scene.

Twenty-four-year-old Walter Orlando Matute Penarada was crossing Montauk Highway near Bay Avenue shortly before 4:30 a.m. Sunday when he was struck by a car that then took off, authorities said.

Penaranda, of Patchogue, was rushed to nearby Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue and underwent emergency surgery, police said in a news release. He was listed Sunday afternoon in critical condition.

Police described the fleeing vehicle as a two-door sedan – either gray or silver in color – with a rear spoiler. Investigators believe the car could possibly be an older model Honda.

Detectives said witnesses reported other cars traveling along the roadway at the same time and investigators are now looking to speak with anyone who may have witnesses the crash.

Anyone with information is urged to call Suffolk Police Vehicular Crime Unit detectives at 631-852-6555 or anonymously call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.