Parents Speak Out After 3 Deer Park Teens Struck By Car During Scavenger Hunt

DEER PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police say a Long Island woman who allegedly struck three teenagers on a late-night scavenger hunt over the weekend was driving with a suspended license.

Cathleen Wild was arrested Monday. She’s also charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and criminal possession of a hypodermic needle following the crash, which happened at 11:45 p.m. Sunday in Deer Park.

The judge set her bail at $100,000 cash or bond.

One of those teens was 16-year-old P.J. Harrington, who was struck and airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center with lacerated kidneys, brain swelling and broken bones.  He was placed into a medically induced coma.  The two other teens suffered less severe injuries.

Mary Anne and Paul Harrington were given the bad news on the phone Sunday night.

“I went down to my knees. I was praying that he’s alive for me to see him,” Mary Anne Harrington said.

“I never heard that scream before. I went down the stairs, on her knees in the kitchen, crying, ‘PJ’s been hit by a car,'” Paul Harrington said.

Court papers said police found six empty paper packets with residue of a powdery substance and two hypodermic needles discovered in her underwear.

According to court records, Wild told police the teens jumped into the roadway. The victims’ parents also expressed anger that the suspect had a suspended license and reportedly blamed the students for the crash.

“When she first got out of the car, one kid said she said something like ‘look what you did to my truck,'” Paul Harrington said.

About 30 classmates dropping off flowers and cards at the hospital said the ravages of drugs on Long Island have brought them closer together.

If convicted, what’s the appropriate punishment in this case? Let us know below…

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One Comment

  1. jane doe. says:

    If those kids jumped in the street or not still doesn’t change the fact that she was under the influence of heroine while she was driving. She could have hurt or even killed someone other then those 3 boys so don’t sit there in her defense saying its those boys fault because at the end of the day its not entirely theirs. I know some of you who are commenting this, sticking up for Cathleen have kids of your own, and younger brothers and sisters, how would you feel if you get a phone call one day saying “This is good Samaritan hospital i have ___ here he/she was hit by a driver under the influence of Heroine” If you guys were her friends to begin with you guys would have helped her get off drugs because that’s what real friends do. She will go to jail for this and maybe this will be a wake up call for her. I know Cathleen is a nice person but her being nice doesn’t change the fact that she did a ugly thing. So many people die in lindenhurst from drug over dose and know one seems to care until someone dies. just remember imagine you get a phone call like this exact situation, i doubt you would be sticking up for her then.

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