Teens Struck by Car on Merrick Road

Sisters injured near Massapequa's Burns Park.

Two teen sisters were struck by a car on Merrick Road Tuesday night, seriously injuring one, police said.

The accident occurred at 8:20 p.m. when the sisters, ages 13 and 15 were crossing north on Merrick outside Burns Park.

The were hit by a 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by an 18 year-old woman. The 15-year-old sustained head injuries and is listed in serious but stable condition after being airlifted to a local hospital.

The 13 year-old was treated for leg injuries and is in stable condition.

The driver remained at the scene and passed a breathalyzer test. Police say there is no apparent criminality.

The car was impounded for safety checks. 

The incident happened during the Town of Oyster Bay's annual "Salute to America" event at Burns Park. It wasn't immediately known if the girls were coming from the popular celebration.

It was the second accident this week on Merrick Road. On Monday night, a man was killed by a hit and run driver, according to police.

Ralph July 18, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The traffic control at the event was horrible. I walked to the concert about a 1/4 mile away and was offered a ride home by a friend. This 10 minute walk, took 40 minutes by car. It was one needless and confusing detour after another.
JPS July 18, 2012 at 03:35 PM
The traffic is unreal when they have these events there. They really need to have more people designated to traffic control. This only reinforces my belief the people in charge here do not have a clue on what to do. They really need to hire someone with a business degree and real life work experience (preferably in operations) to resolve this issue and the many others the residents face.
Monica Deutsch July 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I love how one of the articles is saying " mowed down" but fails to mention that the girls were croosing the street illegally and the they cause a rear end collision ontop of them getting struck by an oncoming car. I'm not saying that what happened isn't tragic of course it is but dont make it sound like the only one at fault here was the driver. There was no traffic control at any time after the accident which is inexcusable.
concerned resident July 18, 2012 at 05:00 PM
The traffic was horrible and the staff did not know or care about the traffic routeing untill after the accident and the the Nassau county police did a good job of it down by Gino's. the other enterance was a horrible all night. Why werent all the people parked in the no parking zone infront of the park ticketed I am sure that was a great distraction the driver as well for everone else. My heart goes out to the Driver and the Sister hit. This could have been prevented at this event.
donna July 18, 2012 at 05:07 PM
If its true that they didn't cross at the light, its because of the hundreds of adults who did the same thing. I did the same thing at last weeks concert. I hope those girls are ok.
Liz Jean July 18, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Such a sad story
Edward Murphy July 18, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Have another crossing lane with police guards between the light on Arlyn dr. & the light at the Ace hardware shopping center,this will stop the j walking.
bob gee July 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM
speeding is never enforced by the police.
John Rennhack July 19, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Where is the $6million Public Safety?
John Rennhack July 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM
TOBAY spends $6milion/year for Public Safety. Where were they?
trish polk July 19, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Both pedestrians AND drivers need to be more alert while on the road. It is easy to be distracted...all it takes is a second....
PC July 19, 2012 at 01:14 AM
The $6million public saftey was doing there job to the exstent there allowed. There no longer allowed to do traffic on merrick rd. do to political BS between them and the NCPD PBA.
PC July 19, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I don't care how many Police,Public Saftey or Crossing gaurds you have, you will never stop j-walking. Ever go past a school letting out? There are plenty of crossing gaurds. But yet even people with kids in strollers still cross where ever they want. People just need to slow down and think about what there doing.
Jaime July 19, 2012 at 01:39 AM
This is a terrible event. I was unfortunately at the playground when the accident happened; what made it even more tragic was that the girls didn't cross at the intersections, but in the middle of the street. If they had taken just a little more time to walk to the intersection and wait for the signal, this could have been prevented.
Bob July 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I hope they check that drivers phone records.
Karen July 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I'm sure the girls crossing the street had phones as well, read above look at all the finger pointing as usual. I can tell you my 13 or 15 year old butt would not have been crossing Merrick road at 8:30 at night, do parents ever say NO anymore? Because growing up that's all I ever heard, I am grateful my parents were overprotective, now that I have kids I will be the same way, clearly kids lack the street smart we had back in the day and they need us as parents to step up, these kids could careless about anything other that their I phone, facebook and next text message. Don't be afraid to say NO to your kids people you could be saving their life. Unreal!
Ralph Nesberino July 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Karen, parents DO say NO, NO, NO, NO!!!! The child to herself or himself says YES! What can be done when the kids all stick together and lie for one another? If as a parent you punish them "too much" you are talked about by your neighbors as an uncaring old-world parent. The children today have more rights than ever before, and communicate instantly on their smartphone about every "bad" thing being done to them by their evil parent/s. Liberal America has cried out for individual rights, and they have "won".
Karen July 19, 2012 at 01:00 PM
This my friends is what the world has now become....
Ralph July 19, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Unfortunate incident which was totally avoidable if those kids crossed safely at the light. I am sure the driver feels horrible but based upon the location (no traffic light), time of day (dark) and confusion (concert event) the driver should has no blame. To say public safety or the police is to blame is ridiculous too. Even if they were there, they would not be directing traffic in the middle of the road. If the public safety and police were there in full force and for some reason this accident did not occur, then all of you and others would be saying: "what a waste of taxpayer money! Don't they have anything better to do?!" It's the same old negativity no matter how you slice it; no one ever wins!
Kristen Ferrari July 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Karen, How do you know what the parents of these girls told them? I see kids running across Merrick every day. I find it hard to believe that it is with the permission of their parents. I cringe every time I see it thankful that the kids didn't get hit. I certainly would never think they deserve to get hit or blame their parents.
Kristen Ferrari July 19, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Ralph, You're absolutely right. Of course we all have our complaints about drivers and traffic safety, but the police and public safety cannot be everywhere. I don't know if these girls crossed at a light or intersection or not. Its heart breaking for their parents no matter where they crossed and I also feel bad for the 18 year old driver. I've seen comments accusing her of being on her phone, texting, speeding, and being drunk when we don't even know the details. I just hope that these girls are ok.
Kristi July 19, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Hundreds of people were crossing Merrick Rd to enter the park. There was only one light to cross people safely. In addition, over the years, there has been many accidents at Joludow and Merrick Rd. Many cars speed in this area. There needs to be a light there, period. Hope the girls are ok.
Dee July 19, 2012 at 02:56 PM
i hope your not talking about the accident.
Dee July 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM
It is true, they didnt' cross at the light and there is a desperate need for a light there. Teenagers are Teenagers, but if there was a light there maybe they would have made a better choice. I witnessed the accident and It affected the driver terribly, she was just on her way home from work, she collapsed out of the car once she realized what had happened. I'm praying for her and the two girls!!! The witnesses were also affected, please tell your kids and adults too need to cross at a light. I think a light should be placed there and the residents of the town should push for one, especially since it's across the street from the park where they have numerous events all summer long!!!!!!!
Dee July 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM
she wasnt' speeding
robert harison July 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Only one thing to say NCPD in Massapequa area is an on going problem.they seem not to care about the very fast drivers .and all the drugs that is destroying this town
lisa July 24, 2012 at 03:18 AM
My name is lisa I am the Aunt of Katie& Jessie. How dare you Blame my nieces for this or my sister. You people Have No idea what they are going through!!! My niece is celebrating her 16th birthday in a hospital with severe head trauma, bruises all over her body, lost teeth and fractures in her face. My niece Jessie is in extreme pain with TWO broken legs which has required more than 1 surgery a broken clavicle a 5 staples in her head. The fact that my brother in law received a heart breaking call from his wife about this, he had to drive up from Delaware with this tragic news about his daughters, could you do that? Could you be driving back to another hospital at 4 am to see your other child, then go drive back to see the other, You people are pathetic!!!!! Instead of posting words of we are praying for the girls and the family it's this crap you post! This was the first time they were here they don't live in massapequa, there was no police crossing, there was nothing for them. The girls were mowed down you foolish person ! you do not suffer like this by being tapped by a car!!!!Get your facts together there was no rear end collision. My nieces are receiving so many prayers and so many people want to help. I BELIEVE they will survive!!!! I hope the rest of you with your negativity Never suffer like this. You wouldn't last 1 night in my sister or brother in law's shoes. NEVER!!!
Cathy July 26, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Lisa i am so sorry for what has happened. These ignorant idiots are probably blaming Eve for your sisters egg dropping in the 1st place. People have no facts & go on senseless rants. Even with facts this clearly is none of anyones business. Maybe you people should put your energy into prayers for this horrendous tragedy instead of bashing & blaming. Look back at the stupid things you people have said, you should be embarrassed
Suzanne July 27, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I had posted this comment on July 21, in response to KARENS post and it was removed. I had inquired with the editor and through a few emails back and forth, I had hoped he would put it back up. I haven't heard back so I am reposting it because clearly, it is OK to say what I had said. As a close family friend and on behalf of the Aunt, of the sisters AND their parents, HOW DARE YOU make accusations like this. You don't know what happened or how it happened. If you can truly sit there and believe that these two, 14 and 15 year old girl's who almost lost their lives, one with 2 broken legs and the other with severe head trauma, IN 2 separate hospitals where their parents have to jockey back and fourth to be by their child's side, was due to lack of parental guidance, or adolescent irresponsibility, I truly feel sorry for you. I can't even imagine what your children are learning with ignorance like this. You my dear, should really should be ashamed yourself. Rather than bashing and blaming, perhaps you can say some prayers for the beautiful girl who is still today, on a ventilator, fighting for her life. For the record, one of the girls turned 16 on Wednesday and started to breathe on her own. WHAT A GIFT. Thank you Cathy! Beautifully put.. Lee, pay no more mind to the ignorance out there. Prayers are being answered and that's all that matters.
Kristen Ferrari July 27, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Suzanne, Those girls and their families are in my prayers. No parent should ever have to go through this. I suppose people blame because they need a way to be sure this could never happen to them. I am sorry for what that poor family is going through right now.


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