Suffolk County Police are investigating and an unidentified man is facing charges after a wild ride Sunday night started with a pursuit of a stolen car and ended with a crash that left three people hospitalized, detectives said in a news release.
The night of mayhem started at 9:58 p.m. on Sept. 1, as a Suffolk County Highway Patrol officer attempted to stop a 2012 Kia Forte for speeding on the westbound service road of Sunrise Highway near Commack Road in Islip.
The driver initially pulled to the side of the road, but sped away as the officer approached the car. As the officer initiated the pursuit, cops said the Kia hit speeds exceeding 100 mph and nearly struck several cars as the driver attempted to evade officers. Shortly after, officials made the call to terminate the high-speed chase and cops lost the car near Grand Boulevard in Deer Park.
In a news release, police said the driver of the Kia continued the wild ride before crashing into a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer at the intersection of West 6th Street and Central Avenue in Deer Park. The force of the collision ignited the Trailblazer, which was soon engulfed in flames.
First Precinct officers responded to the crash scene at 10:06 p.m. and apprehended the Kia’s driver as he was attempting to flee on foot. He was described as being a white male in his 40s, but police have not yet been able to identify him. They said he was arrested a short distance from the crash site and was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Detectives said the Kia had been reported stolen from Bay Shore on Aug. 27.
A passenger in the Kia, Brooke Moody, 33, of Bay Shore, was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with serious head and facial injuries. She remained hospitalized Monday.
The driver of the Chevrolet Trailblazer involved in the collision, 42-year-old Frank Cassano of Lindenhurst, also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Police impounded both cars for safety checks. Charges in the case are pending and no official arrests were made, as of Monday morning.
Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call First Squad detectives at 631-854-8152.