L.I. Mother Riding Bicycle Critically Injured By Hit-And-Run Driver

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A tragic hit-and-run on Long Island left a beloved mother, who was bicycling to her children’s school critically injured.

Police are now searching for the suspect and seeking witnesses as the victim fights for her life.

Ellen Meany, 45, of Massapequa, was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition with serious head injuries.

The incident occurred when Meany was cycling southbound — against traffic — right outside Unqua Elementary school. She accidentally banged into the mirror of a parked car and fell off her bike. Police said a passing motorist crushed the bicycle and helpless victim and never slowed down.

“She sideswiped the mirror, lost control of bicycle, fell off the bicycle and was hit by a vehicle that was traveling northbound on Unqua,” Nassau County police detective Vincent Garcia said.

Distraught parents and neighbors met with school leaders. Classmates of some of the victim’s three young children needed soothing too.

“Now what do you tell her children…just gives you the chills,” the victim’s neighbor Patricia Burns said.

A school security camera captured surveillance of the possible hit-and-run vehicle — a Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable said to be pacific blue in color somewhere between model years 1996 to 1999.

Meany’s devastated family was at her bedside and her close-knit neighborhood is overwhelmed with sorrow.

“Where’s the heart on this person? Everybody’s got a cellphone, he should have immediately stopped, called 911, got an ambulance,” the victim’s neighbor Steven D’Ambrose said.

“Especially in front of an elementary school. I don’t know what person in their right mind would do something like that,” said student Sheila Nolan.

“Who would have the heart to drive away? How could you leave someone hurting there?” said student Emily Stapleton.

As Meany fights to recover, detectives are scouring body shops for the hit-and-run vehicle.

Police are asking anyone who was in the area Thursday around 11:30 a.m. and saw anything suspicious to contact them.

Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

  • tim

    Driver didn’t want to get in trouble, the woman fell off her bike in the way of traffic and the driver didnt want to get charged with manslaughter because she can’t ride a bike. While I don’t agree with the drivers actions, I could see why he would drive away. He didn’t want to pay for an accident that wasn’t his fault.

  • lee

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    At the corner of Calaveras and N. Park Victoria in Milpitas California two corrupt DEA allmost caused the death of an elderly lady while they where harrassing a suspect.
    The elderly lady was crossing the street about 15 yards ahead of the suspect’s car that was going west bound on Calaveras after having just pulled out of the Shell station. One of the DEA in the bus stop near the Shell station tried to gain the attention of the suspect thereby almost causing the car to hit the elderly lady. The other DEA was at the Shell station.
    They have also recently, on several occasions, entered my home while I was not there so that they can get better access to my vehicle and loosen steering linkages, remove wheel weights, tamper with breaks, tamper with transmission linkages, etc… Every time I detect that they have entered my home, my dog looks like he is not feeling well. Why take my insolence out on a dog?
    They are also shooting BB guns at my car while driving. One instance they shot a BB gun at my car in a very busy intersection of highways 680&101 while I was traveling 55+ mph.

    • rabble rouser says

      Paranoia strikes deep,into your heart it will creep………..sounds like lee is off his meds today

      • lee

        They’re coming to take me away.

  • James Donohue

    Seems no one takes seriously the lowered speed limit in School Zones.

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