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SUV Strikes Teen Crossing Jericho Turnpike

Whitman student, 17, injured in accident.

A teenager crossing West Jericho Turnpike was injured Tuesday night when he was struck by an SUV.

Suffolk County police said Wednesday that the teen, 17, was crossing from the south side of Jericho when he was hit by the 2001 Ford Expedition.

The accident occurred near 317 West Jericho Tpke., east of Oakwood Road. 

Police said the teenager, a Whitman student, was taken to Huntington Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The driver was not charged.

No further information was immediately available.

JSC January 15, 2014 at 09:12 AM
I see kids crossing Jericho there all the time, it's quite dangerous. They don't always cross at the intersections on either end of that section where Whitman HS is located (West Hills Rd or Oakwood Rd). No solution other than to remind parents to tell their kids to cross at the light and not in between!
R. Smith January 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Well how stupid is that ? Crossing a four lane road in the dark ! Would be interested to know if the "student" was drunk or high or both.
d January 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM
They usually end up crossing by the cemetary inbetween the 2 lights, they feel they have time and can be seen better. Although very dangerous I do understand their thinking, as the crosswalks are terrible with the right on reds, noone stops. Even after they changed the Jericho/Oakwood road to no right on red, they still do. Last night just seemed to be a terrible night for accidents. I do hope the student is ok.
Robert W January 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Try going down Jericho when Whitman lets out. These kids cut through the cemetery and play chicken with the cars on Jericho. They run in and out of traffic, walk in the middle of the road and practically dare you to hit them. The cemetery fence should be fixed to eliminate this. There are crossing guards at West Hills Rd and Oakwood Road. It's amazing more kids aren't hit here.
concerned January 15, 2014 at 11:48 AM
So you assume the student was high or drunk....Clearly you forget your teenage years. Kids stay after school for many reasons....many do not have transportation home so walking is the only option..Of course in a perfect world everyone would cross at a light...there are no guarantees that you are safe there either. It is an accident...glad he was no seriously hurt
Pam Robinson (Editor) January 15, 2014 at 11:57 AM
I must weigh in here. Jericho, especially between Oakwood and West Hills, is indeed dangerous for jaywalkers. Teenagers do goofy things, including holding the belief that they're indestructible. Or they're distracted while they're crossing the road, talking to their friends or listening to music and not paying attention. I wouldn't reach for any assumption about their chemical conditions. But workers on one side of Jericho dash across elsewhere along Jericho; some stand still in a drive lane, looking down the road in one direction, and forgetting about cars coming from the other.
Tracy Diaz January 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM
I have to say, that honestly the majority of those kids cross with reckless abandon for their own lives, sometimes actually joking around and pushing one another into the street. I blame it on most of the parents who haven't taken the time to teach their kids the respect they need and to value their own lives.
Doreen Kilkenny January 15, 2014 at 12:26 PM
I find it disturbing that the student was assumed to be drunk or high. My own daughters stay after school at Whitman 5 days a week for extra-curricular activities. These are good kids staying out of trouble by joining after school programs. Not getting high or drunk. This was a terrible accident. Many parents can't pick up at the time these programs let out, and the kids are forced to walk home. My thoughts and prayers go out to the student and family. I'm sure the parents are guilt stricken that they didn't pick that child up...
d January 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Doreen, I totally agree. There were many things going on last night at the school and glad that the students are involved with the activities. This was a terrible accident, prayers to all. The student, the family, and the driver.
britt britt January 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM
I actually know the student who was hit, and I was there while this was being investigated, the student was NOT drunk or high, he was walking home and misjudged how fast the car was going, as for the driver he showed NO remorse about hitting a disabled student. So stop assuming everyone is drunk or high

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