Nassau County Police Officer Critically Injured In Southern State Parkway Crash

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island police officer was airlifted to a hospital following a serious car crash on the Southern State Parkway.

The crash, which happened near Route 110 in Amityville, involved a female officer from the department’s 7th Precinct. The officer was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in serious but stable condition.

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At a news conference Monday afternoon, authorities said the officer was responding to a call from a North Massapequa resident about someone switching license plates on their car.  Al Jones, of 1010 WINS, reported that the resident witnessed the suspect replacing a Pennsylvania license plate with Florida plates.

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The injured officer responded and spotted the four-door Honda Accord, now with Florida plates, on the Southern State.  The officer then closely tailed the car going eastbound in her unmarked cruiser.

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Nassau County police are looking for the grey Honda Accord seen in this photo. (credit: handout)

However, after noticing the officer, the suspect slammed on the brakes, causing the officer to swerve and hit a guardrail, which propelled the cruiser back into traffic, where it was hit by another vehicle in the process.

“Apparently the two subjects in this car hit the brakes.  I mean, they really pound on the brakes — almost making the car come to a complete stop.  We believe it was a maneuver, maybe to lose the police officer,” Nassau County Detective Lt. Kevin Smith told reporters, including CBS 2’s John Slattery.

The occupants of the other vehicle were not seriously injured.  No arrests have been made in the incident.  However, police did release a photo of the car wanted in the crash.

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  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • Mike D.

    It was a manuver to have the patrol car hit the back of the Honda and set off the air bag of the Cop car. It has been done all the time in the ghetto. These people ain’t stupid!

  • Fritz Von

    I hope she recovers. It’s a shame that the NCP decided to make up a story about how the officer was trying to avoid injuring the suspects and sacrificed herself in doing so. Cut the crap LT. Smith, and how did you tell that story w/o laughing?

  • Speedchaser1080D

    Perps would have been caught, cuffed and booked. Only if the NYPD Highway Patrol had a chance to pursue these putz’s. Speedy recovery to the officer…and back to RMP driver training. Cause she’s gonna scrutinized at some point for her failure to outdrive these nitwits.

  • N Y P DrP I G S


    I hope that whomever reported seeing the plates being switched drives their car off a cliff or at 100MPH into a brick wall.

    As for the perps (and anyone else that ever feels the need to switch license plates): next time do it in a garage. If that is unavailable, then try a DMV parking lot. Shouldn’t raise too many eyebrows there.

    As for the pigs (police): they are almost all power-hungry. donut-stuffing, alcohol-guzzling, lazy, pieces of shat anyway. So obviously doesn’t bother me when something bad happens to one. Especially when they go gung-ho over a victimless crime (changing license plates in this case).

  • goblin

    Sounds like somebody was tailgating.

    • Meme Meyagi


  • joey from B'hurst

    From what I get from this article is that a resident watched a driver swap license plates. I am sure he/she also took note of the plate number. Did the police notice if this was a stolen plate? If not, why would they aggressively pursue a regular driver. Now three people are injured.

    At least 4 times a year, I am removing/updating my license plate on my boat trailer, and motorcycle. It would be a nightmare if I had a nosy neighbor. I would be forced to sell to some boors.

  • Jerry

    What a poorly written report.

    First an unmarked police cruiser?

    Two suspects simultaneously applied the brakes?

    With all the big time crime out there,police chase after license plate changers??

    Sounds like a paranoid citizen to me??

  • matteo

    CBS doesn’t monitor comments unless they are reported, so I reported the two comments regarding conflicting information so youwill notice it and correct your amateur writing. A female officer was hurt in a crash, show some respect and report it correctly.

    • Meme Meyagi

      you got to earn respect, got it oinker?

  • Matteo

    It says “The officer was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in serious but stable condition”. But the heading says critically injured and like the other comment says, whats up with the marked/unmarked car?

  • JB

    You wrote:. The officer then closely tailed the car going eastbound in her unmarked cruiser.
    Yet the picture (and the same on every other station) shows a clearly marked police car
    Our prayers go out for the officer and hope for a speedy recovery for her

  • thor's hammer

    my thoughts and prayers go out to this officer and her 2 families – her kin, and the extended family of the long blue line. to the lowlifes responsible for this – be afraid, be very afraid. you will be caught and deserve the complete force of the law to come down on you. no regard for property or human life, you deserve nothing but the contempt and condemnation of decent society. as the daughter of a retired nypd officer, i stand in vigil for a wounded member of my extended family. justice for the victim!

    • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      why are cops kids always so screwed up on drugs or sex addicts

      • Fritz Von

        It’s due to the trauma that the general public, look in the mirror, inflicts on their Police Officer parents.

        • Meme Meyagi

          poor oinker, kill yourself before any more harm is inflikted

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