By Janee Law
Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are investigating a Tuesday afternoon hit-and-run crash that occurred in Huntington Station and left a Northport woman seriously injured.
The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. when Diana Carvelli, 69, of Northport, was driving her 2012 Jeep westbound on Jericho Turnpike, east of Depot Road, when it collided with a pickup truck that was traveling eastbound.
“She was in the left turn lane just before Depot Road when it appears that the other vehicle drifted over the lines into her lane and basically side swiped the side of her vehicle,” said Second Squad Det. Sgt. Scott Welshimer. “Unfortunately, she had her window down and when the vehicles collided, [the debris] from the vehicle went into the passenger compartment, injuring her.”
The unidentified driver of the pickup truck did not stop at the scene and fled the area east on the turnpike, Welshimer said. The truck may have damage on the driver’s side and may be missing its driver’s side mirror.
Welshimer said that although police are still not able to confirm the model of the truck, witnesses said the color of the vehicle was tan or taupe.
Carvelli was initially transported to Huntington Hospital, but was later transferred to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset where she was still being treated for a serious head injury as of Wednesday morning.
Welshimer said that detectives are “still looking for the individual responsible” and asks anyone who witnessed the crash, or who has information on the incident to call second squad at 631-854-8252.