Update, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Stony Brook University hospital said the man who exited his brother’s car is in critical condition.
Original story: Police say a Wading River man was driving drunk when his brother exited his car and hit the pavement along North Wading River Road, sending him to Stony Brook University Hospital in a helicopter.
Riverhead police said they received a call shortly after 5 p.m. reporting a man in the roadway, between Sylvan Drive and Hulse Avenue.
The man was reportedly unconscious when authorities arrived. Though Wading River Fire Chief Jim Evans said a helicopter was called in to airlift the man to Stony Brook, he was reportedly breathing on his own when he was transported out.
Police arrested George Lamond on a DWI charge, though the incident remains under investigation.
It was unclear how or why Mr. Lamond’s brother exited the vehicle.
North Wading River Road was shut down for about two hours while police investigated.