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Woman Killed, Man Injured In Long Island Hit-And-Run

At Least 3 Fatal Accidents Involving Pedestrians So Far This Weekend
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EASTPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A woman was killed, and a man was injured, in a hit-and-run crash on Long Island this weekend.

Around 9:05 p.m. Saturday, Erika Strebel and Edward Barton were standing outside her broken down in 1988 Jeep on the shoulder of the eastbound lane of Montauk Highway in Eastport, when an unknown eastbound vehicle slammed right into them, Suffolk County police said.

The vehicle sustained front-end damage and fled east on the highway.

Strebel, 27, of Eastport, was taken by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Barton, 26, of East Moriches, was taken by helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Hospital in Stony Brook, where he was being treated for head and knee injuries Sunday morning, police said.

This was at least the fourth high-profile accident involving vehicles slamming into pedestrians in the Tri-State Area this weekend, and the third to involve a fatality.

Early Saturday, Derrick Callender was struck and killed by a minivan at East 233rd Street and White Plains Road in the Bronx. Witnesses said the accident stemmed from a fight on the street, in which the driver of the van got angry because someone had smashed all his windows.

The driver ended up slamming into a building after hitting Callender.

In Huntington Station early Saturday, three people were struck and wounded by a vehicle that crossed the double yellow line on Broadway and Kelsey Avenue, Suffolk County police said in a published report. The victims were all treated for minor injuries.

And on Saturday afternoon, a 9-year-old boy was struck and killed on DeKalb Avenue at Clermont Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. A man was driving a Ford Explorer that was struck by another vehicle, which in turn jumped the curb and pinned the boy, police said.

A 5-year-old boy, a 10-year-old girl and a 47-year-old woman were also struck and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police told CBS 2.

The investigation into the latest incident on Long Island was ongoing Sunday morning. Anyone with information was asked to call the Suffolk County police Vehicular Crime Unit at (631) 852-6555, make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at (800) 220-TIPS.

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