RONKONKOMA, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Suffolk Police announced the arrest of a Hauppauge woman after she allegedly left the scene of a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured two boys on bicycles in Ronkonkoma last night.
According to police, three boys were riding bicycles westbound on the shoulder of Express Drive North, 500 feet east of Old Nichols Road, when two of the boys were struck by a westbound vehicle at 7:34 p.m. The driver then fled the scene.
This portion of Express Drive North borders Ronkonkoma and Islandia.
At 8 a.m. today, police announced the arrest of Shannon Palmer, 31, of 247 Roosevelt Blvd., Hauppauge. Police said they made the arrest outside her residence at 5:45 a.m. today. Major Case Unit detectives charged Palmer with two counts of Leaving the Scene of an Incident with Serious Physical Injury. She is being held at the Fourth Precinct in Smithtown and is scheduled to be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.
A 9-year-old boy from North Amityville was airlifted by Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital in serious condition. A 12-year-old Ronkonkoma boy was transported by ambulance to the same hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The third bicyclist, a 6-year-old Ronkonkoma boy, was not injured.
Earlier today, police issued an alert seeking information from the public to locate the driver. At the time, police described the vehicle that struck the two boys as a 2002-2005 white Ford Explorer with front end damage, front passenger side damage, and a missing passenger side headlight assembly.
Detectives ask anyone with additional information on the crash to call the Major Case Unit 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers 800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.
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