MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A 29-year Nassau County Police veteran was airlifted to the hospital after being struck by a car on Tuesday morning, police said.

The accident happened on the Nassau Expressway around 11:30 a.m., police said.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

“An officer from the 4th Precinct was conducting radar enforcement on [Route] 878 northbound just north of the Atlantic Beach Bridge when he was struck by an Audi,” Det. Michael Bitsko told 1010 WINS.

Bitsko described the collision as a hard impact.

“At the time of the incident, he was out of the vehicle and he was attempting to slow vehicles down traveling northbound on 878,” Bitsko said.

The 57-year-old officer suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries, police said. He was airlifted to Nassau County Medical Center.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

“He has a fractured pelvis, he has a fractured right leg, they believe him to have a skull fracture,” Det. Vincent Garcia told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

The officer was in critical but stable condition following what police called successful surgery.

The car involved in the accident remained at the scene, police said.

Police told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that they are still investigating exactly what caused the accident, but are looking into the possibility that one driver went around the slowed vehicles and caused the crash, which sent the officer into the air. He then landed on the hood of a car, 1010 WINS reported.

It is unlikely charges will be filed, CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey reported.

Authorities are looking for anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward as police try to piece together what happened.


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