By Andrew Wroblewski
A Dix Hills bicyclist injured in a fall Saturday morning was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, Suffolk police said.
The bicyclist, a 48-year-old Dix Hills man, was riding on Maryland Street in Dix Hills around 11:48 a.m. when he hit a pole, fell and struck his head.
Fire officials said the Dix Hills Fire Department Rescue Squad responded to a report of the injured bicyclist around 12 p.m. Upon arrival, the man was found to be in a semi-conscious state, suffering from serious head trauma. A paramedic determined that the bicyclist required transport to a trauma treatment center.
A Dix Hills Rescue Squad ambulance transported to the injured man to a landing zone at James E. Allen School in Dix Hills. The patient was then airlifted to Stony Brook by Suffolk Police Aviation.
About 25 fire and rescue personnel were dispatched with three heavy rescue trucks, an ambulance, first responder and paramedic units, under the command of Dix Hills Fire Department Assistant Chief Thomas Napolitano.