A drunken driver crashed his van into a Suffolk County police cruiser and fled the scene on Saturday night in the eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway near the William Floyd Parkway. Long Island News 12 reported that the accident occurred in Brookhaven, where the police officer had pulled his marked cruiser off to the side of the road to help a driver whose vehicle was on fire. Rescue personnel airlifted the officer to Stony Brook University Hospital, and hospital staff determined that his injuries were not life threatening.
The driver of the van fled the accident scene on foot and was later taken into custody. Police identified him as 27-year-old Carolos Morocho. He had been charged with DWI two times previously and currently faces criminal charges for DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, false personation and operating a vehicle without an interlock device.
During the arraignment hearing on Sunday, Morocho pled not guilty but was held on $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash bail.
When injuries are serious based on the NY State serious injury threshold, and the other party is at fault for causing the accident, you can recover compensation for injuries through a civil lawsuit. Generally, lawyers pursue civil lawsuits after the criminal lawsuit concludes. Attorneys represent seriously injured parties to help them recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages related to the accident.