Family Of L.I. Woman Struck By Nassau Police Car Suspicious Of Probe

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The family of a Long Island women struck and killed by a Nassau County police car said they are suspicious of an internal investigation of the accident.

Sherry Lang, 64, was hit on Bellmore Road on Saturday night as she walked home. The fatality happened during heavy rain and when road visibility was bad. Police called the woman’s death a tragedy, saying she was wearing a hood that blocked some of her vision and that she ignored a light while walking into traffic.

Lang’s son, Brent, scoffed at the police’s explanation.

“Who’s saying this? I mean is it the officer who hit her’s word?” he told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

The family is skeptical about the police probe, partly because officers didn’t tell them who was behind the wheel until Sunday morning.

“It was not a hit-and-run, it was a police car,” said Howard Lang, the victim’s husband.

Now the family wants another set of investigative eyes and has hired accident reconstructionist Mike Archer.

“This is Mickey Mouse. This is a cartoon report,” Archer said. “There’s nothing we have that leads us to believe that this investigation is ongoing.”

Nassau Police, however, scoffed at the claim of a cop cover-up.

“We’re not like that here. I kind of take that as an insult. The bottom line is, our accident investigators, they’re going to do a thorough job,” Detective Lt. Kevin Smith said.

Lang’s husband of 41 years said he hopes that will be the case, but is suspicious that when police investigate their own “they’re going to try and look out for them.”

The family hopes witnesses will come forward to help them find the truth. The Lang family said it can’t imagine what the officer is going through but also said no one can know what they are going through.

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  1. randi says:

    my uncle is not abusive at all married couples do fight

  2. randi says:

    she was my aunt and i loved her very much but nothing can bring her back i will always have the happy memories so matter what happenned isnt it pointless to talk illl of the dead

  3. DEEPLY SADDENED says:

    What is wrong with you all!? This is a tragic accident! And you don’t know what happened. Are you all so perfect? What about the pain and suffering that everyone involved is going through. I knew her and loved her as well…………but I am not pointing fingers at anyone……How cynical you are all. In reference to the folllowing comments and others like it ( Bottom line she was struck by a police car while crossing the street. If the police officer saw she ignored the traffic light and then watched her cross three lanes and then hit her…and notice her hood….then it seems there was enough time to NOT hit her. This seems very suspicious…dont you think?)
    I’M SORRY, BUT………..HOW STUPID ARE YOU? IF YOU ARE DRIVING YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A GREEN LIGHT OR A RED LIGHT DON’T YOU???!!! THAT IS HOW HE KNEW SHE CROSSED AGAINST THE LIGHT……….ORELSE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN STOPPED AT THE LIGHT!! CORRECT?? OR SLOWING DOWN FOR THE RED LIGHT! AND ABOUT THE HOOD……….AGAIN, DID IT EVER OCCUR TO YOU THAT IS HOW THEY FOUND HER?

    REALLY EVERYONE NEEDS TO MOURN AND NOT JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS AND BE SO HOSTILE. DON’T WORRY…..THE TRUTH ALWAYS ALWAYS COMES OUT SOONER OR LATER. SO IF ANYTHING IS NOT RIGHT….IT WILL BE FOUND OUT. NOBODY NEEDS YOUR NASTY OPINIONS.

    IT IS A SAD SAD DAY TO FIND OUT ABOUT THIS. DEEP MOURNING AND ANGUISH.

    SHE WAS WELL LOVED BY MYSELF AND MANY. I WILL MISS HER TERRIBLY! AND IT PAINS ME TO KNOW THE SUFFERING SHE MAY HAVE GONE THROUGH WITH ALL THAT HAPPENED TO HER. SHERRY, I LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU TERRIBLY!

  4. LIGUY says:

    I knew Sherry and I know her family. It’s very sad because she was a very nice woman. She was a very fun loving individual and it’s sad that this happened.

  5. TS says:

    Who cares what she was wearing or why she was walking? Or the weather? Or the profession of the person that killed her?!?! What is wrong with this world when we all have to be so crass and opinionated. Someone is killed and everyone speculates about whether it was her fault or not without bothering to even offer condolences to the grieving family? No I am not a family member, but I am a neighbor who knew Sherry and I my prayers are with her family. What a sad society we live in.

  6. RS says:

    They should be suspicious. I used to have such respect for Police Officer’s (meaning Nassau and Suffolk County) but have found instead in recent year’s they run from trouble rather than face it head on. I found that a lot of police officer’s, including people I know personally, should rather have been insurance salesman than cops. They just don’t have what it takes like those of years ago. A bit wimpy you might say. I say this from personal experience. Sorry!

  7. AZ says:

    The probability is high that he was speeding; fewer cars on the road tends to encourage higher speeds. Check out this info regarding vehicle speed and fatality rates (tons more info like this all over).

    http://humantransport.org/sidewalks/SpeedKills.htm

    I wish the best for the Lang family.

  8. K t says:

    Lt smith cover up he is the best at it

  9. jojo says:

    I don’t know why the family is suspicious. It is pretty standard for IAD to investigate in cases like this tragedy. Saturday nights weather was really bad with pouring rain and high winds.

    1. D says:

      maybe because they didn’t spend the amount of time they normally do, they are not releasing as much info, but if it were the average joe than we’d know everything….everyone knows cops are trained to lie and the are going to cover for their own…

      in addtion, if visability was an issue than he wouldn’t know what she was wearing! hmmmm…

    2. Sympathetic says:

      When this story first broke, Lt Smith was on TV saying that Mrs. Lang “emerged” in the street after the cop “looked up”.

      The next day, he was on TV saying she was half way across the street. Being half way across the street seems very different than “emerging” to me.

      I understand why the family would be suspicious and would want an independent third party to do their own investigation, whatever the end result may turn out to be.

  10. Bryon says:

    Let’s not be too quick to judge.This is a sad story.I’m sure,given the chance,the cop would have done everything possible to avoid hitting her.Nobody likes to go home and tell their spouse they just ran over and killed somebody.I’m sure the officer feels very bad about it.Give the police a break.

    1. D says:

      that is very true nobody said he did it on puprose, but they are covering something up it sounds like he was negligent in some way if he was only traveling 35 mph then he sould have seen her! perhaps he was using his laptop i see it everyday they drive on LIE typing!

      1. G says:

        I see cops texting while driving and talking on the phone while driving all the time, practice what your preach and what the laws are! This is a tragedy and for the media to make stuff up because the police are protecting their own its just sick! This family should be suspicous because its horrible that the cops are doing what they are doing……NOTHING to help the family find a witness!

      2. D says:

        I couldn’t agree with you more G!!!!

  11. Bell Toller says:

    What time did this unfortunate accident happen? No one has mentioned the time.

    It was very dangerous Sat night traveling.

  12. KW says:

    She had a fight with her husband and chose to walk home in a down pour, the family has to realise she has some responsibility in this accident, tragic as it is.

    1. Saddened says:

      I dont see how that has to do with anything. So she decided to walk in the rain. The reason she was walking is irrelevant. Are you saying that if its raining and you are walking and get hit, its not the cars fault. That drivers are not responsible if they hit someone if its bad weather. And why she was walking is irrelevant as well. Bottom line she was struck by a police car while crossing the street. If the police officer saw she ignored the traffic light and then watched her cross three lanes and then hit her…and notice her hood….then it seems there was enough time to NOT hit her. This seems very suspicious…dont you think?

      1. D says:

        i agree that has nothing to do with anything if people are not going to contribute an intelligent comment they should not saying anything at all as i am sure if it were their family member they would not like it if someone blamed the victom i totally agree with you saddened!

  13. Conflict of Interest says:

    Smith doesn’t understand there is a “conlfict of interest” in the police investigating themselves. Police, like lawyers, are trained to lie. It is just a known fact. So having an independant third party investigate should be done in all cases. Smith knows full well he will protect the force from litigation and all the other cops will do the same. Sad but true. This women looked pretty birght just judging from her picture and the cops own words have already made him suspect big time.

    “We’re not like that here. I kind of take that as an insult. The bottom line is, our accident investigators, they’re going to do a thorough job,” Detective Lt. Kevin Smith said.

  14. Anthony says:

    Of course cover up Nassau does not investigate or punish their own well known fact

  15. Faulty Logic says:

    If the cop who hit her was able to see her clearly enough to determine that she was “wearing a hood that blocked some of her vision” or noticed that she “ignored a light while walking into traffic” then how come he wasn’t able to change lanes or stop the car in time to avoid hitting her? Having the person who caused the accident act as the only “eye witness” to the events that transpired is ludicrous. This takes covering your ass to a whole new level.

    1. Bad Excuses says:

      Well said. How do they know that she ignored the traffic light? I wear hoods when its raining and never got hit by a car. Kevin Smith needs to come up with something better.

    2. Bad Excuses says:

      How did the cop know she ignored the traffic light…..I wear hoods and have always made it across the street without getting mowed down by a car. Something is going on and KEvin Smith seems like he is pulling at straws with his excuses

    3. KPMc says:

      Well… if HE had the right of way then SHE ignored the light in her direction… and I’m presuming she was still wearing the hoodie when she hit the pavement so determining those two facts isn’t really that difficult.

      Is SHE being tested for alcohol/drug impairment? Because that can also be a contributing factor.

      It’s a sad time when we just assume the cop did something wrong. Chances are the family is in shock and looking for answers even if they are not he ones they want to hear.

      And of course the prospect of a lawsuit is always possible. Nothing is ever an accident or the responsibility of the victim… someone must pay and municipalities have become an easy target in our litigation-happy society.

  16. Help says:

    Are talking about the cop?

  17. Rod in says:

    Of course visibility is bad – when you’re drunk.

  18. Help says:

    Please…if anyone knows anything come forward.

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